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FDA chief says long-awaited opioid review still in the works

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FDA chief says long-awaited opioid review still in the works

Scripts have dropped but deaths soar

In this ABC News article you'll learn about:
  • FDA is still studying "what revisions are needed to support appropriate use" of opioid painkillers. The agency's long-awaited review of prescription opioid medications is still underway.

  • Last year, U.S. overdose deaths soared to a record of 107,000, driven overwhelmingly by fentanyl and other illegal opioids.

  • Opioid prescriptions have fallen about 40% in the last decade but deaths tied to the medications remain at 13,000 to 14,000 per year.

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