Prescription Painkiller Sales and Deaths

There has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report, yet the amount of prescription painkillers dispensed in the U.S. quadrupled since 1999. Changes in how providers prescribe painkillers has helped fuel this epidemic. There is wide...

Rare birth defects tied to mom’s painkiller use

  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who take over-the-counter painkillers during early pregnancy have a slightly higher risk of having babies with certain rare birth defects, according to a new study. For instance, babies were three times as likely to be born...