New Yorkers are filling more prescriptions for the opiate-based painkiller oxycodone (brand name OxyContin) than ever before—way more. The number of prescriptions doubled in three years to reach one million in 2010.
That turns out to be around one prescription for every eight people in the city population. Continue reading →
Opioids such as codeine and hydrocodone have been linked to more side effects for older adults with arthritis in comparison to analgesics such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) and coxibs, according to two recent studies from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Continue reading →