Don't rush to Rx painkillers, CDC says

March 16, 2016 9:11 AM

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Don't rush to Rx painkillers, CDC says

Doctors asked to suggest exercise, other treatments to relieve chronic woes

WASHINGTON -- Prescription 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.

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