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FDA undermines painkillers fight: Our view
USA Today

The most prescribed drugs in America — painkillers containing addictive opioids — are also driving the deadliest drug problem in America. On average, 46 people a day die from painkiller overdoses, and 1,150 more land in emergency rooms. Deaths from illegal drugs don’t even come close.

Last year alone, doctors wrote about 180 million prescriptions for hydrocodone and oxycodone, nearly one for every adult in the United States.

With millions of Americans suffering chronic pain, drug companies profiting and too many doctors blithely churning out painkiller prescriptions, federal regulators are the last hope to slow the rising epidemic.