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CDC's social media challenge focuses on addiction to prescription painkillers

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-10 16:39:33-04

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is raising awareness of prescription drug overdose and addiction through a social media challenge.

The challenge asks participants to “tell the stories of the many people whose lives have been affected by prescription painkiller addiction or the death of a loved one,” according to a CDC release. “Encourage those in need to seek treatment for addiction,” it said.

Participants should:
- Write a six-word story
- Create an original picture or a video tagged #RxProblem
- Post on Facebook, Instagram and or Twitter by May 15, 2015

The CDC said 44 people in the U.S. die from overdosing on painkillers every day, and the most common drugs involved in prescription overdose deaths include Hydrocodone (ex: Vicodin), Oxycodone (ex: OxyContin), Oxymorphone (ex: Opana) and Methadone.

For more about the challenge visit cdc.com/drugoverdose.

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