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How Untreated Depression Contributes to the Opioid Epidemic

Research suggests some are seeking out painkillers when what they really need is Prozac.
Source: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

It can sometimes seem strange how so much of the country got hooked on opioids within just a few years. Deaths from prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have more than quadrupled since 1999, according to the CDC. But pain doesn’t seem to be the only culprit: About one-third of Americans have chronic pain, but not all of them take prescription painkillers for it. Of those who do take prescription opioids, not all become addicted.

Several researchers now believe depression, one of

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