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Will Pharmacogenomics Take the Pain Out of Pain Medication?

According to recent data briefs from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2007, pain-reliever overdose killed more people in the USA than cocaine and heroin combined. Since 1999, deaths among women from prescription painkiller overdose have increased nearly 400 %. Over 40% of these deaths are attributed to one class of pain-relievers, the opioids. In 2011, opioid overdose killed more Americans than traffic fatalities. Data published on the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) website show a steady increase in the number of opioid prescriptions over the past two decades.

Citation: Mahajan PB (2014) Will Pharmacogenomics Take the Pain Out of Pain Medication?. J Pharmacogenomics Pharmacoproteomics 6:e142.

 
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