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      Arkansas named one of the highest prescribing states for painkillers

      A new study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds{}more than 40 people die each day from prescription drug overdose.The report listed Arkansas among the 10{}highest states{}in prescribing prescription painkillers. Dr. Michael Fahr is the medical director of the{}emergency department of Conway Regional Medical Center. Fahr said although he{}deals with prescription drug use frequently sometimes it is difficult to verify the patients prescription drug history."It's a big problem for us because a lot of people because a lot of people want refills on their medicines or they are not always honest with us,"{}Fahr said,{}"They won't tell us they are on chronic pain medicines."Fahr said officials are working on guidelines to better perscribe chronic pain as well as using a database that allows doctors to be able to see more in depth information about the patients prescription history.
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