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Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis

Enlarge this image A 1980 letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine was later widely cited as evidence that long-term use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone was safe, even though the letter did not back up that claim. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Education Images/UIG via Getty Images A one-paragraph letter, barely a hundred words long, unwittingly became a major contributor to today’s opioid crisis, researchers say. “This has recently been a matter of a lot of angst for me,” Dr. Hershel Jick,…

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