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Study: Missouri Prescribes More Painkillers Than Illinois

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new federal study finds it is a lot easier to get painkillers from your doctor in Missouri than in Illinois.

This CDC study lists Illinois as the ninth toughest state to get a painkiller prescription, with 68 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. Missouri ranks 37th, with 95 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people.

The CDC’s Tom Frieden says over-prescribing painkillers is an epidemic.

“Overdoses from opioid narcotics are a serious problem across the country, and we know that overdose deaths tend to be higher where opioid get heavier use,” Frieden says.

Frieden says about 46 people die each day from overdosing on painkillers. Tennessee and Alabama lead the nation in painkiller prescriptions per capita.

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