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CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - What can be done to make opioid painkiller prescribing safer?

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 27, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

What

Overprescribing of opioid painkillers is a major cause of the prescription drug overdose epidemic in the United States. In 2012, health care providers in some states prescribed far more painkillers than those in other states. How can overprescribing of these painkillers be reduced safely and feasibly?

Who

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

When

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Noon ET
Content embargoed until Tuesday July 1st at 1PM ET

Dial-In:

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PASSCODE: CDC MEDIA
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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.

Transcript
A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/media.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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