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Back pain treatment often not in line with guidelines

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite guidelines to treat back pain conservatively, the proportion of people prescribed powerful painkillers or referred for surgery and other specialty care has increased in recent years, according to a new study. Full story

Women killed by overdoses up 400 percent

   Startling new numbers show an alarming number of women addicted to painkillers. More than 6,600 women are dying each year from prescription drug overdoses, a 400 percent rise from a decade ago.

More women becoming addicted to painkillers

   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging health care professionals to cut back on the amount of painkillers they prescribe, particularly to women, as new research has found women are becoming addicted at alarming rates. NBC’s Tom Costello reports and Dr. Nancy Snyderman comments on

Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women

Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday. Full story

Painkiller Overdose Deaths Increase 400% in Women

The percentage of U.S. women overdosing on prescription painkillers has increased sharply in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full story

EU regulator advises caution on painkiller diclofenac

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's drugs agency warned on Friday that use of the common painkiller diclofenac, especially in high doses, carries extra heart attack risks which should be taken into consideration by doctors prescribing the drug. Full story

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  Rise in painkiller addicted babies

The number of babies being born who are hooked on painkillers, due to their mothers use during pregnancy, is on the rise. WBBH's Chad Oliver reports.

  U.K. watchdog warns painkillers can lead to more headaches

Painkillers taken by millions of people to treat a headache may intensify pain and not cure the symptoms according to Britain's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.  ITV's Sally Biddulph reports. 

  Addicted at birth

Increasing numbers of babies are being born addicted to painkillers. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.

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Haven Drugs pharmacy
Haven Drugs pharmacy

People bring flowers to Haven Drugs pharmacy where four people were shot and killed during a botched weekend painkiller robbery Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in Medford, N.Y. Police on Wednesday arrested, David Laffer, a 33-year-old man in the shooting deaths of four people at a pharmacy during a weeken

David Laffer police mugshot
David Laffer police mugshot

This photo provided by the Suffolk County Police Department Thursday, June 23, 2010 shows David Laffer who was arrested the previous day for the killing of four people during a robbery for painkillers at a pharmacy in Medford, N.Y. His arrest capped a massive manhunt for the suspect, who was captu