Senate health care subcommittee explores ways of stopping addiction

October 15, 2015
by Ben Schmitt
Pittsburgh Post-Tribune

Pennsylvanians are more likely to die from an opiate overdose than an auto accident, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A contributing factor is the over-prescribing of addictive painkillers to seniors and others. The Government Accountability Office estimates 170,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide may be battling addiction to pain medication, Toomey said.

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