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The drug was recently approved by the FDA advisory committee, but has remained controversial. (Photo: Shutterstock)

An opioid painkiller that is ten times more powerful than a drug linked to an epidemic of overdose deaths has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—despite the recommendation of an advisory committee’s chairman to reject the drug.

The new drug, Dsuvia, is based on a synthetic opioid that has been in use since the 1980s. The new formulation is ten times stronger than fentanyl—a common opioid linked to overdose deaths.

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