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Shannon Hubbard has complex regional pain syndrome and considers herself lucky that her doctor hasn't cut back her pain prescription dosage. Will Stone/KJZZ hide caption

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Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid Prescribing Debate

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Mady Ohlman, who lives near Boston and has been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit a point when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes the will to live. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

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A young man uses heroin under a bridge in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood that has become a hub for heroin use. The economic costs of the epidemic are mounting, researchers say, as the U.S. loses more and more workers in their prime. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The state of Alabama is suing Purdue Pharma LP, the maker of OxyContin, for allegedly fueling the opioid crisis by deceiving doctors about prescription painkillers. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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George Patterson is one of the volunteers who run Phoenix's only syringe exchange program, a mobile program called Shot in the Dark. Will Stone / KJZZ hide caption

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Fight The Opioid Epidemic, All Agree. But Strategies Vary Widely

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Third-year students at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine learn how to trim crowns and prep a tooth for a crown. They're also learning to deal with the aftereffects, studying alternatives to opioids for pain relief. Jessica Cheung/NPR hide caption

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Dental Schools Add An Urgent Lesson: Think Twice About Prescribing Opioids

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A 1980 letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine was later widely cited as evidence that long-term use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone was safe, even though the letter did not back up that claim. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis

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A Drugmaker Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

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Opana ER, a potent extended-release opioid, was approved by the FDA for pain management in 2006. But the agency says Endo's attempts to reformulate the pills to make them harder to crush, dissolve and inject have not been successful. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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