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In 2012, doctors prescribed Americans more than 250 million prescriptions for pain killers. That's enough for every adult to have their own bottle of pills.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found some states prescribing more pain killers than others. It would seem treatment for severe pain may not depend on how badly you feel, but where you live.

The CDC points out that while the number of pain killers prescribed may vary from state to state, health issues that cause people the pain do not vary that much from place to place.

Certainly, not enough to explain why in 2012, health care providers in the highest-prescribing state wrote almost three times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as those in the lowest prescribing states.

Looking at the map, states with the highest prescription rates are shown in dark purple. Most are in the south, with Alabama topping the list.

Also in the dark purple is Ohio, where for every 100 people there are 100 painkiller prescriptions.

In Pennsylvania, there are 88 prescriptions for every 100 people.

The problem is the higher the number of prescribed painkillers, the higher the number of overdose deaths.

The CDC, looked at what might be causing the difference between states. One thought is that health care providers don't agree on when or how much to prescribe. Many states also report problems with high-volume pain clinics, also known as "pill mills."

 

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