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Medical Board tries to tame overuse, overprescription of painkillers
Sacramento Business Journal

The biggest drug problem in the U.S. is in the home medicine a cabinet, and the Medical Board of California is trying to change that. Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription painkillers, more than the number of people using cocaine and heroin combined, federal statistics from 2012 show. And that figure had jumped 80 percent in six years. After consumers mobbed a March 2013 legislative hearing with complaints about California doctors who overprescribe opiates for pain, the state agency that oversees doctors created a prescribing task force to address the problem.