Graphic: Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription In 11 States

(By Jenny Gold for Kaiser Health News)

Americans fill about 4.5 billion prescriptions each year, at a cost of more than $323 billion. But what are we actually buying? In 11 states, the top prescriptions are opioid pain pills that are mixtures of acetaminophen and hydrocodone (brand names Vicodin and Norco), according to new data from GoodRx, an online prescription cost service. Continue reading article here…

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