People in their mid-40s to mid-60s are more likely than any other group to be prescribed opioids with benzodiazepines. Both kinds of drugs can hamper breathing and mixing them is especially risky. Erwin Wodicka/iStock hide caption

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In Prince's Age Group, Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs
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We Found Joy: An Addict Struggles To Get Treatment
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Imodium is a popular brand of the drug loperamide. Because loperamide is increasingly being abused by opioid users, some toxicologists think it should have the same sales restrictions as pseudoephedrine. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Michelle Pattengill, a technician at L&S Pharmacy in Charleston, Mo., holds a bottle of oxycodone. Bram Sable-Smith/Side Effects Public Media/KBIA hide caption

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Opana pills, seen in 2010, before Endo Pharmaceuticals changed the formula in a move intended to deter abuse. Tom Walker/Flickr hide caption

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How A Painkiller Designed To Deter Abuse Helped Spark An HIV Outbreak
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"Everyone that's in there right now has probably done it," Clyde Polly says about Opana injections at his home. Seth Herald for NPR hide caption

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Inside A Small Brick House At The Heart Of Indiana's Opioid Crisis
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A Crisis With Scant Data: States Move To Count Drug-Dependent Babies
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Amanda Hensley with her daughter, Valencia. Hensley says several hospitals and clinics she contacted were reluctant to help her quit her opioid habit. "Nobody wants to touch a pregnant woman with an addiction issue." Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN hide caption

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Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health
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Doctors are trying to slowly wean Lexi from her dependence on methadone. She's just 2 weeks old. Under a doctor's advice, her mom took methadone while pregnant, to help kick a heroin habit. Kristin Espeland Gourlay/RIPR hide caption

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Tiny Opioid Patients Need Help Easing Into Life
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A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive
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When it comes to chronic pain relief, the CDC is asking doctors and patients to think about alternatives to opioids. Robin Nelson/Zumapress.com/Corbis hide caption

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CDC Has Advice For Primary Care Doctors About Opioids
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Paramedic Phil Salamone carries naloxone, a drug used to reverse an opioid overdose. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Small Town Wonders What To Do When Heroin Is 'Everywhere'
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An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'
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Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic
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A pharmacist counts pain pills. In an effort to curb the abuse of Oxycontin, Vicodin and other opioid painkillers, some health plans in Massachusetts now limit a patient's initial prescription to a 15-day supply, and plan to halve that number in February. Gabe Souza/Getty Images hide caption

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Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid Epidemic
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The effects of opioid abuse can go unnoticed at work. George Doyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Opioid Abuse Takes A Toll On Workers And Their Employers
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Medicaid May Soon Pay For Some Inpatient Addiction Treatment
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