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Xanax pill bottle Though overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines are fewer than those from opioids, the number is some eight times what it was in 1999. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Imagine it were possible to return to the time before opioid use soared in the U.S. — to the early 1990s, before so many doctors came to overprescribe Oxycontin, Vicodin and the like for every imaginable kind of pain; before millions became addicted; before prescription opioid users switched to heroin and deadly street fentanyl.


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