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CDC: Drug OD deaths climb for 11th straight year

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 20, 2013
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the data show a need for more prescription drug monitoring programs at the state level, and more laws shutting down "pill mills"—doctor offices and pharmacies that over-prescribe addictive medicines. Last month, a federal panel of drug safety specialists recommended that Vicodin and dozens of other medicines be subjected to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.