Addiction counselor John Fisher says prescriptions for medicines to help people wean themselves from opioid drugs are part of the appeal of the clinic he operates in Blountville, Tenn. Blake Farmer/NPR hide caption

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When Drug Treatment For Narcotic Addiction Never Ends

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A man carries a bag with coca leaves in December 2013 in a rural area of Corinto, department of Cauca, Colombia. The Colombian government and the FARC are attempting address the issue of "illicit cultivation" as the third point of their ongoing peace talks. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tina Wolf demonstrates the use of naloxone to community members in Lindenhurst, N.Y., during an overdose prevention training. Georgia Dolan-Reilly (left) of the Suffolk County Prevention Resource Center helped with the training. Kevin Hagen for NPR hide caption

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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

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Deaths from oxycodone overdoses fell sharply in Florida after the state cracked down on pain clinics and implemented dispensing restrictions. Robin Nelson/Zumapress/Corbis hide caption

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Generic hydrocodone plus acetaminophen pills seen in a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., in 2013. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

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Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

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The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is rising in Tennessee, and lawmakers want to try a punitive approach. Katie Collins/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail

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Opana is the latest painkiller that's become popular with drug abusers. Thomas Walker/Flickr hide caption

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As Pain Pills Change, Abusers Move To New Drugs

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