Blue Cross, law enforcement collect prescription drugs

February 10, 2016
by Greg Hilburn
News Star

The easy availability of opioid painkillers — such as hydrocodone and oxycodone — is at the root of a rapid rise in abuse in Louisiana and around the nation. According to the Trust for America’s Health, the number of deaths caused by painkiller overdose has tripled in Louisiana since 1999. Louisiana recorded nearly 780 overdose deaths in 2014, the last year for which data was available.

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