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Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

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Medicaid May Soon Pay For Some Inpatient Addiction Treatment

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Yolanda Roberson, who directs the Empowerment program, teaches a class at a Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. The classes are funded by the state of New York. Robert Stolarik/Courtesy of Youth Today hide caption

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Sales of prescription opioid painkillers have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

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10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid To Ask

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Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

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Gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin, helps some people cut down on drinking. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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An FDA advisory panel voted to increase controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, such as this generic version of Vicodin. Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press hide caption

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To Fight Addiction, FDA Advisers Endorse Limits On Vicodin

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