Warnings over new painkiller 'super drug'

Sen. Charles Schumer on Capitol Hill. (Dec. 17,

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Sen. Charles Schumer on Capitol Hill. (Dec. 17, 2011) (Credit: AP)

A new "super drug" under federal review would only intensify the painkiller-abuse crisis that has already led to killings at two Long Island pharmacies, officials warned Sunday.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the federal Food and Drug Administration "to proceed with great caution" before approving sale of a pure hydrocodone pill -- which he said is 10 times stronger than Vicodin. At least...

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