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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7221 (Published 08 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7221

Deaths from prescription painkillers in US are at record high: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that sales and prescriptions of painkillers have risen to “epidemic” levels. The number of deaths caused by painkillers has more than tripled in the past 10 years to an average of 40 a day (www.cdc.gov/Features/VitalSigns/PainkillerOverdoses).

Number of doctors in Mozambique is rising: There are now 1105 doctors working in Mozambique, up from 1042 in 2009 and 929 in 2008, says …

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