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In a time of limited health resources the government is helping Big Pharma create a new, unnecessary, unethical and possibly harmful revenue stream.

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How likely are you to get hooked if you start taking prescription painkillers? There's scant evidence because most painkiller studies focus on whether they work. Whether they are addictive is logged merely as a side effect.

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Two experts respond to evidence about the potential risk for a patient without a history of addiction to become addicted to opioid pain killers.

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Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, NARA, offers inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and a 70-bed residential program in Portland, Oregon.

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Research from across the nation shows that treating drug addiction reduces crime and medical expenses while boosting employment, meaning every dollar spent on treatment actually saves an average of $7.

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This organization receives more than 40,000 calls a year to its crisis lines, which guide addicts through those dark moments by connecting them with the treatment they need.

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Michael Donta, 24, tried to seek help for his prescription drug addiction but was never successful and he eventually took his own life in 2010.

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Recovery Kentucky centers opened across the state to help people break free of addiction and avoid chronic homelessness.

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Experts say it’s nearly impossible to compare the effectiveness of one drug-addiction treatment against another because so much depends on the needs of the addict — and there is debate about how well medication-assisted therapy works.

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In a state with one of the nation’s worst prescription-drug abuse problems, Kentucky's substance abuse programs often have long waiting lists, leaving those in need of help with nowhere to turn.

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