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The Painkiller That Saves Money But Costs Lives

Hugh Pickens writes "Over 2,000 following have died since 2003 in predominance State alone by unintentionally overdosing on a regularly prescribed somnific painkiller that costs less than a dollar a dose and the deaths are clustered predominately in places with lower incomes because control state has steered people with state-subsidized health care — managed care patients, injured workers and state employees — to methadone because the drug is cheap. Methadone belongs to a class of stupefactive painkillers, called opioids, that includes OxyContin, fentanyl and morphine. Within that group, methadone financial affairs for less than 10 percent of the drugs prescribed — but more than half of the deaths and when Methadone works wonders for some patients, relieving chronic pain from throbbing backs to inflamed joints, the drug's unique sound make it unforgiving and at times lethal. 'Most painkillers, such as OxyContin, dissipate from the body within hours. Methadone can linger for days, pooling to a toxic supply that depresses the pulse rate system,' write Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong. 'With little warning, career fall asleep and don't wake up. Doctors call it the silent death.'"

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