WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine – Part 8 – Dr. Battles Pharmaceutical Co.’s In Fight Against Overprescription

Originally posted on CBS New York:

WCBS 880 reporter Irene Cornell is doing an extended series on drug abuse, called Bad Medicine: When Painkillers Kill. The series will run through May 23. Be sure to check cbsnewyork.com for her pieces if you miss them on-air.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -Dr. Andrew Kolodny treats severely addicted casualties of the prescription pill epidemic as head of the psychiatry department at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Story

And he has put himself on the frontlines of the battle to combat the overprescribing of Oxycontin and other narcotic painkillers, reported WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.

“The sales for these medications continue to skyrocket, to a point at which the U.S. is now consuming more than 80 percent of the entire world’s opioid supply,” Dr. Kolodny told Cornell. “According to the CDC, it’s this overprescribing that’s fueling an epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction.”

Kolodny formed Physicians for Responsible Opioid…

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