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    Mayo Clinic Minute: How to stop popping painkillers

a sleeping woman in bed with medicine pills on a side tableAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the opioid crisis is real. They report that, in 2012, more than 2 million people in the U.S. had a substance use disorder related to prescription opioid pain relievers. Mayo Clinic experts want to help people who are hooked on prescription painkillers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine, to end their addictions.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses breaking free from painkiller addictions with pain medicine specialist Dr. Mike Hooten.

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