Washington: Prescription painkillers kill more people in US than heroin and cocaine combined, thanks to fatal overdosing, says a new analytical report.Experts from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programme (PDMP) Centre of Excellence at Brandeis University`s Heller School for Social Policy and Management systematically assessed prescription drug monitoring programmes and found a patchwork of strategies and standards."An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is devastating American families and draining state and federal time, money and manpower," said Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. "Law enforcement and health officials are doing heroic work and, thankfully, this report provides a road map to help them further."
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