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NYC Launches Prescription Drug Task Force

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a Task Force on Prescription Painkiller Abuse earlier this week in an attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, according to news reports.

Painkiller overdoses in New York City have doubled between 2004 and 2009, according to the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2009, 1 in 4 overdoses resulted from prescription drug abuse.

The Task Force, comprised of local law enforcement and health officials, is charged with proving policy recommendations to the mayor. The group’s first report is expected to be released January 2012.



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