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CDC softens opioid prescribing guidelines for doctors

NEW YORK —  The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday softened its guidelines for U.S. doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are an update to 2016 guidelines that added momentum to a decline in opioid painkiller prescriptions. Opioid painkillers can be addictive — …