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CDC, FDA take action to curb opioid abuse

from By Katina Smallwood

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidance on the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in an effort to combat the national prescription painkiller epidemic. The new guidelines mark the first time the CDC has made comment on these prescribing procedures and acknowledged the role of physicians in the overprescribing of opioids. The Food and Drug Administration was quick to respond to the CDC guidelines with new warning labels. more

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