By Guest Nicole
(CNN)Despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new opioid medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl.
Dsuvia, made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a tablet in a single-dose, prefilled applicator to be administered under the tongue by health care providers to patients in settings such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency rooms, according to the company.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb was quick to defended the approval in a statement Friday: "The agency is taking new steps to more actively confront this crisis, while also paying careful attention to the needs of patients and physicians managing pain."
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The Wall Street Journal reports. While still a relatively small percentage of work fatalities, on-the-job deaths from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses rose more than 30% in 2016. They’ve nearly tripled since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking in 2011. Opioid abuse in particular continues to significantly impact the US economy, costing an estimated $78.5 billion per year, according to a 2013 CDC study. President Trump declared opioid addiction a national public health emergency in October
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