A brain that can let other thoughts bubble up despite being in pain might help its owner benefit from meditation or other cognitive therapies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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What's in your neighbor's medicine cabinets may influence overdose risk in the community. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1990. Opioid painkillers like OxyContin are the cause of three-quarters of those deaths. Toby Talbot/Associated Press hide caption

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Layton, Utah police department employees Holly Plotnick and Shanae Perez pack discarded medications from a collection bin in the lobby in January 2010. Mike Stark/AP hide caption

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Posters like this one tell patients in New York City emergency rooms what to expect when it comes to painkiller prescriptions. New York City Health Department hide caption

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More people end up in the emergency room from overdosing on Vicodin, pictured here, and other prescription painkillers, than heroin or cocaine, a government report says.

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