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Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine

NFL Football and Painkillers

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Caption: In this year's Super Bowl, many players with the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers may decide to "gut it out" and do whatever they can to play in the big game, in spite of pain from injuries. But a new study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that there's a price for such heroism, namely the use and misuse of pain-killing drugs called opioids. Jim Dryden has more.

Credit: Washington University BioMed Radio

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