Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid PrescriptionsCan legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction? Pot can relieve pain, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids.
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.
Stuck In Opioid Crisis, Many Medical Officials Turning To AcupunctureAlthough long derided as pseudoscience, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation's opioid crisis.
Safety Advocates Call For Ban Of High-Dose OpioidsSafety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths.
Pot For Pets: Owners Treat Sick Animals With CannabisTo help their sick animals, some pet owners are turning to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.
Prince Reportedly Tried To See Doctor Before DeathPrince had arranged to meet a California doctor to try to kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death, according to a newspaper report published on Wednesday.
Health Officials Push For Pill-Tracking DatabasesThe nation's top health officials are stepping up calls to require doctors to log in to pill-tracking databases before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin.
Effort To Curb Painkiller Prescribing Faces Stiff OppositionA bold federal effort to curb prescribing of painkillers may be faltering amid stiff resistance from drugmakers, industry-funded groups and, now, even other public health officials.
Former Players: NFL Teams 'Conspired' To Push PainkillersHundreds of former players have filed a federal lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players - often illegally.
Activists: FDA Policies Have Contributed To Rx Painkiller EpidemicAnti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.
Second Wave Of Former Players Join NFL LawsuitFormer Pro Bowl defender Marcellus Wiley is among a second wave of players joining a lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing painkillers and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health.
Ex-Players: NFL Illegally Used Drugs To Mask Players PainA group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications.

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