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CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Frieden

So much has changed in the world since the CDC was founded in 1946. We have had to find new ways to carry out our mission and meet new threats head–on, whether a terrorist attack or the next global epidemic of an infectious disease. As we look forward to the coming years, we will continue to serve as the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people.

Dr. Tom Frieden

Director’s Briefing: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing; Where You Live Makes a Difference .

Spotlight: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing

This month’s Vital Signs reports health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Higher prescribing of painkillers is associated with more overdose deaths. The report also has examples of states that reversed its overdose trend.