Why everyone is afraid of new painkiller Zohydro
A health group says 1 dose of the highly addictive narcotic could kill a child. So why did officials approve it?
By William White
Zohydro is a highly addictive narcotic that is set to release in March, and it's the first single-ingredient hydrocodone drug to ever receive Food and Drug Administration approval. (Normally, drugs that contain hydrocodone also contain acetaminophen.)
Zohydro's FDA approval was even more surprising considering that an advisory panel voted 11-to-2 against the drug before the main FDA vote.
Zohydro essentially is a higher-hydrocodone-dose version of Vicodin, itself an addictive and powerful drug. One public health group claims Zohydro is "so powerful that a single dose could kill a child," reports Examiner.com.
"You can crush it and then you can snort it, dissolve it and inject it, or swallow crushed powder and then it’s no longer slow release, long-acting form and you get a quick high from that," Dr. Michael Carome, Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told NBC News.
"For someone who is not used to taking opioids, it could be fatal."
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WTF is wrong with this country anymore.
OTOH, I occasionally use hydrocodone/acetaminaphen combo for lower back pain and cervical pain due to breakthrough DJD in my spine. No problemo, exceptl I do not like to be taking ANY Tylenol due to potential kidney problems. Thus, a hydroC only product, if carefully used could be very helpful at times--and should be cheap. There are NO children present EVER in my home, but theft is always a concern. If thieves should ever get their hands on the stuff and OD and die, good.
FDA passes dangerous drugs constantly that were proven thru clinical trials to have killed a big chunk of the patients they tested it on (this is documented many times over). They get a payout from the drug company then when it kills a bunch more pple they pretend to be a surprised and that's when you start seeing the ads "Have you or someone you know taken the drug risperdol and experienced...." *Fill in the blank. ;)
The best medicne is prevention, if a natural remedy doesn't work i will take a drug as a last resort in a life or death senario. F*ck the FDA...
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