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Why the FDA approved OxyContin for kids as young as 11
Washington Post

After Lynn Brown’s daughter, Amanda, was diagnosed in 1999 with a childhood form of brain cancer, the 16-year-old endured multiple surgeries, weeks of radiation, months of chemotherapy and numerous blood transfusions — not to mention intense pain.

Doctors initially prescribed morphine, and when that stopped working they switched to a relatively new drug: OxyContin.

“It made her treatments bearable,” said Brown, who lives in Miami. “I knew it was a powerful drug. . . . But you have to weigh the circumstances. You have to deal with the situation you’re given.”