The FDA approved Dsuvia, an opioid that is 10 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1,000 times stronger than morphine. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the drug fills “a specific and important, but limited, unmet medical need in treating our nation’s soldiers on the battlefield.” The drug is administered under the tongue, which may have battlefield applications, and would not be available through pharmacies. Advocacy groups have voiced concerns: “It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly,” says Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “It will be taken by medical personnel and others for whom it has not been prescribed. And many of those will overdose and die.” (The Hill, 11/2, https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/414619-fda-approves-powerful-new-opioid-in-controversial-move)