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FDA to place new limits on prescriptions of narcotics

New York Times, February 10, 2009

Many doctors may lose their ability to prescribe 24 popular narcotics as part of a new effort to reduce the deaths and injuries that result from these medicines' inappropriate use. A new control program will result in further restrictions on the prescribing, dispensing and distribution of extended-release opioids. Hundreds of patients die and thousands are injured every year in the United States because they were inappropriately prescribed drugs like OxyContin or they took the medicines when they should not have or in ways that made the drugs dangerous.