FDA Hopes New Labels Will Help Prevent Addiction to Opiates

Created: 09/12/2013 7:18 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Prescription Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Photo: Photo: MGN Online

The US Food and Drug Administration is hoping that better labeling could help prevent people from getting addicted to opiates.

The drug is a common treatment for patients in severe pain, but when symptoms persist people can easily get addicted.

The new labels won’t limit the doses but will remind patients about the risk of addiction.

The latest study in 2010 showed 16,000 Americans died that year as a result of overdoses from painkillers.