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CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

CDC director on Ebola crisis

Why I am going to Africa
Dr. Frieden

We want to do everything in our power to help stop this outbreak. We will protect people around the world, including in the United States, by stopping Ebola at its source. Read more


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.