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Health experts offer ways to avoid prescription drug abuse

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The Centers for Disease Control says abuse of prescription drugs is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S.

The American College of Physicians issued new guidelines to better educate both physicians and patients on the dangers of drug addiction.  It suggests doctors first consider non-addictive pain killers.

When addictive narcotics must be prescribed doctors should carefully think about the dosage.

The ACP says patients should know drugs are not intended to eliminate 100-percent of the pain.

"If that's what the patient's mindset is he's likely going to come back and say, ‘I wasn't getting enough relief and I doubled the prescription,’" said Dr. Molly Cooke of the American College of Physicians

The ACP also wants to connect all state drug monitoring programs so patients cannot go across state lines to get multiple prescriptions.

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