OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A recent trial suggests opioids had no pain-relieving adventage over common painkillers in a yearlong trial. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A recent trial suggests opioids had no pain-relieving adventage over common painkillers in a yearlong trial. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Liz O. Baylen Los Angeles Times
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image. A recent trial suggests opioids had no pain-relieving adventage over common painkillers in a yearlong trial. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Liz O. Baylen Los Angeles Times

Cathie Anderson covers health care for The Bee. Growing up, her blue-collar parents paid out of pocket for care. She joined The Bee in 2002, with roles including business columnist and features editor. She previously worked at papers including the Dallas Morning News, Detroit News and Austin American-Statesman.