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US FDA Cast As Culpable Player In Opioid Epidemic In Hulu’s Dopesick Series

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Show depicts former agency officials approving OxyContin labeling that enabled Purdue to market it as nonaddictive and subsequently refusing pleas to restrict its use.

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