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2011-08-24 13:17:37

  Analysis: Facing up to the prescription opioid crisis Action is needed to tackle the increasing number of deaths in the United States and Canada from prescription painkillers known as opioids, experts reported on bmj.com August 23. Opioids are prescription painkillers that contain compounds derived from the opium poppy. While they have long been used to control the symptoms of cancer and acute medical conditions, they are increasingly being used to control chronic pain,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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