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Digging into DEA data exposes sharp increase in use of pain medications

Pill bottlesIn this article written for AHCJ, Frank Bass of The Associated Press explains how he analyzed DEA records to find that sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled from 1997 to 2005. He also offers some explanations about why the use of painkillers is on the rise and points out some traps that reporters should avoid when writing about the topic.

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