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painkiller

(pān′kĭl′ər)
n.
An agent, such as an analgesic drug, that relieves pain.

pain′kill′ing adj.

painkiller

, pain killer (pān′kil″ĕr)
A colloquial term for a medication or a procedure that decreases a patient's discomfort caused by pain or alleviates hurtful or unpleasant sensations.
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Co-author of the study Dr Kirstie Anderson, an honorary senior lecturer at Newcastle University and consultant neurologist, says the findings highlight the risks of overusing strong painkillers.
The last operation happened on March 22 when police arrested a Gulf national who was found with thousands of illegal painkillers inside his home and 42 grams of crystal meth in his possession.
State variation was the greatest for oxymorphone (a specific type of painkiller), among all prescription painkillers.
Recent statistics released through the Centers for Disease Control indicate a 400% increase in deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses among women since 1999.
Also Thursday, Shumlin released a letter to the Canadian ambassador in Washington urging that country to require drug companies to make prescription painkillers harder to abuse.
Hoarding old pills It is a good idea to keep a small quantity of painkillers at home, but always make sure that these are kept out of the reach of children.
People with arthritis are reliant on painkillers because of the nature of their illA[degrees] ness.
As a result, the use of prescription painkillers in Bahrain - including morphine and pethidine - is now estimated to be 35 times higher than the international average.
ALMOST two in five painkiller users need medication just so they can go to work, a healthcare charity has said.
SeeNews) - Nov 26, 2012 - Belgian pharmaceutical company Omega Pharma NV has acquired the business related to the Optalidon painkiller from Swiss pharma major Novartis (VTX:NOVN), Omega Pharma's CEO Marc Coucke told Belgian daily De Tijd on Friday.
Prescription painkillers kill about twice as many people as cocaine and five times as many as heroin.