Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
Majority of people who abuse prescription painkillers get the drugs for free from friends or relatives.
U.S. health officials say middle-aged women are the fastest-growing group of people dying from drug overdoses.
Research finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.
As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia’s lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high.