U.S. Health Panel Advises Doctors: Ask Adults About Both Prescriptions And Illicit Drug Use In Effort To Help Stem Opioid-Abuse Crisis

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says 7.5 million people ages 12 and older in the U.S. have been diagnosed with dependence or abuse of illicit drugs in the past year. The Task Force, in reversing a 2008 decision, is seeking public comments before finalizing the recommendation.