December 11, 2018

Study: Drugstore pain pills as effective as opioids in emergency room patients

By LINDSEY TANNER The Associated Press
This article was published November 8, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

CHICAGO -- Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with broken bones and sprains and found pain relievers sold as Tylenol and Motrin worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain.

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