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Prescribing pain pills a dilemma for doctors
Sacramento Business Journal

The rapidly growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is taking a huge toll — not just on patients, but on doctors as well. Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription pain-killers, more than the number of people using cocaine and heroin combined, federal statistics show. The figure has jumped 80 percent in six years. For doctors, the epidemic can pose a career-threatening dilemma — give patients the habit-forming medications they demand to ease their pain, or refuse prescriptions at some point because of concerns about addiction.