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Opioid prescriptions down since 2010, but big differences seen among counties

Some counties are doling out the drugs at six times the rate of lowest-prescribing counties, according to a federal report released Thursday.

The United States has seen an overall decrease in opioid prescriptions in recent years, but some counties are doling out the drugs at six times the rate of lowest-prescribing counties, according to a federal report released Thursday.

Counties with more opioid prescriptions tended to

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