Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds, Study FindsIn patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping.
Overcoming Opioids: When Pills are a Hospital's Last ResortA car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before and panicked at the thought of relapsing.
CDC Guidelines Aim to Curb Painkiller PrescribingPrescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.
2 Doctors Sent To Prison In Pill Mill Case Two doctors have been sentenced to prison time for money laundering in one of the largest South Florida cases involving "pill mill" clinics that illegally dispensed vast amounts of prescription painkillers.
Florida Crime Lab Analyst Arrested On Drug Charges A former Florida crime lab analyst was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing and selling painkillers and other drugs that he was supposed to be testing as evidence in criminal cases, the state law enforcement agency said.
Fla. Pill Mill Doctor Gets Over 5 Years In PrisonA South Florida doctor has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for his role in a major pill mill operation that illegally dispensed oxycodone and other painkillers.
Deputy Accused Of Doc Shopping For Pain Pills A Pasco County Sheriff's deputy is accused of doctor shopping to get prescription painkillers, including Oxycodone and Percocet.

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