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For Immediate Release: July 2, 2012
Contact: CDC Division of News and Electronic Media
(404) 639-3286

CDC Telebriefing on Vital Signs Report: Risk for Overdose from Methadone Used for Pain Relief — United States, 1999–2010


CDC will host a media telebriefing to discuss the new Vital Signs report on overdose deaths due to the opioid pain reliever methadone.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ET (contents embargoed for noon ET)


Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, CDC

Leonard J. Paulozzi, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, NCIPC


Media: 888-795-0855
Non-Media: 800-369-1605
INTERNATIONAL: 1-630-395-0331

Important Instructions
If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.


A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at

Sound Bites

Three sound bites, 10, 20 and 30 seconds in length are also available. Each bite has CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden talking about today’s Vital Signs.


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