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Painkiller Opana, new scourge of rural America

Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows pictures of her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows pictures of her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows pictures of her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II
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Melissa Himmelheber, 43, talks about her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Melissa Himmelheber, 43, talks about her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Melissa Himmelheber, 43, talks about her son, C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II
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A handout picture displayed by Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows her son C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/Handout

A handout picture displayed by Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows her son C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/Handout

A handout picture displayed by Melissa Himmelheber, 43, shows her son C. J. Coomer, who died of an Opana overdose last July at the age of 24 in Austin, Indiana, at her home in Scottsburg, Indiana, March 19, 2012. REUTERS/Handout
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