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Not only have those dealing with chronic conditions become addicted to painkillers due to what were likely inappropriate prescriptions, but prescriptions often include far more pills than necessary. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The FDA has come under bipartisan fire in recent years for its oversight of opioids. Treatment advocates and lawmakers have blamed the agency for turning a blind eye to the widespread abuse of prescription medication, both by approving powerful new opioids for medical use and for failing to put in place effective rules to prevent inappropriate prescriptions.

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