CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to powerful opioids drugs, the CDC is urging primary care doctors to try physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before turning to painkillers.

California lawmakers approve raising smoking age to 21

California lawmakers voted Thursday to make the nation’s most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.