Higher doses of opiod drugs equal greater chance of death

It may seem obvious, but patients prescribed higher doses of opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin are more likely to die of overdoses than those at a lower dose, reports this study from The Journal of the American Medical Association.  However, there was no increased risk of death when patients took the appropriate, regularly scheduled amount of the drugs, according to this article from HealthDay News. The fact that these drugs are highly addictive, Schedule II narcotics makes it difficult for patients to stick to a low dose or a prescribed regimen.

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Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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