The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced changes to the labeling requirements for long-acting painkillers, in a further effort to curb prescription drug abuse, which has been on the rise in recent years.
Painkillers like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone are the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States — and the most widely abused because they are relatively easy to obtain.
Doctors have contributed to an epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction by overprescribing opioids. We didn’t do this out of malicious intent. For most of us, it was a desire to treat pain more compassionately that led to overprescribing. To […]