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FDA requires stronger warning labels on painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring stronger warning labels on painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Food and Drug Administration is requiring stronger warning labels on painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.

The move is the latest attempt to reduce overdose deaths caused by the long-acting medications.

The new label emphasizes that long-acting painkillers are only for patients with "around-the-clock" pain that cannot be treated with over-the-counter medications or immediate-release medicines.

Inappropriate use of opioids caused more than 16,650 overdose deaths in 2010, up more than 12 percent from 2008.

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