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FDA Is Trying To Keep Cough Medicines Containing Opioids From Kids

Medicines with certain opioid ingredients must now be labeled for adults 18 and over.

By Gabrielle Ware | January 11, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring increased safety labeling on cough and cold medicines to protect kids from opioids.

The FDA made the announcement Thursday, saying, "Given the epidemic of opioid addiction, we're concerned about unnecessary exposure to opioids, especially in young children."

Medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone are now required to have a label indicating they're for people age 18 and over. 

But health officials say that shouldn't be a problem as most coughs don't need any treatment. 

The FDA says treating sick children with medicines that contain opioids poses "serious risks that don't justify their use."