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Syringes, pills and prescription bottles The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, mostly heroin and illicitly distributed versions of fentanyl. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new report from the AMA Opioid Task Force finds that for the fifth year in a row, not just the number of prescriptions but also the recommended dosage for opioids has fallen. And while there’s more to do, doctors are pushing lawmakers to take additional action, such as removing barriers to treatment.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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