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Doctors Wary of Painkiller Prescriptions

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Doctors Wary of Painkiller Prescriptions

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Doctors Wary of Painkiller Prescriptions

Doctors Wary of Painkiller Prescriptions

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A federal crackdown on physicians who allegedly prescribe too many painkillers may be having unintended consequences for patients. A new study, soon to be released, shows doctors have become more conservative in prescribing painkillers — and some patients may be suffering unnecessarily as a result. NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports.