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Posts Tagged ‘David Kessler’

Facing epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse, doctors turn to alternative therapies

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In an effort to curb the epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse, many doctors and health providers are turning to alternative treatments in an effort to avoid exposing patients to the risk of dependence, addiction, and overdose caused by these drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdoses caused by opioid painkillers killed more than 28,000 Americans in 2014, with thousands addicted to these drugs. (more…)

Opioid painkillers overprescription ‘one of the great mistakes of modern medicine’ says former FDA chief

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The former head of the Food and Drug Administration says that the dramatic increase in the prescription of opioid painkiller medications in recent decades is “one of the great mistakes of modern medicine.” Dr. David Kessler ran the FDA from 1990 through 1997, around the time that the current epidemic of opioid painkillers overprescription began. (more…)