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Chicago's massive suit over OxyContin alleges painkiller drug companies have misled prescribers and patients, leaving many woefully addicted and the city with enormous costs for treating them.
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Once again the war on drugs catches frail elder patients in the crosshairs. Basically a "drive by" that shouldn't happen.
Nursing home residents could be adversely affected if proposed painkiller regulations are put in place, according to experts who spoke at a recent federal hearing.
A huge rise in the use of oxycodone over the past decade has led to increasing worries about the number of addicts and a lack of places to treat them.