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Fixing ‘biggest mistake in modern medicine’
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

David A. Kessler, a former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, doesn’t mince words about assurances from pharmaceutical manufacturers that opioid painkillers wouldn’t be addictive.

“It has proved to be one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine,” Kessler wrote this week in the New York Times.

Opioid use quadrupled between 1999 and 2013, and millions of Americans are now hooked on Percocet, Vicodin and other brand-name versions of oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone and fentanyl.

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