FDA backs tighter controls on painkiller hydrocodone in wake of addiction epidemic

  • Article by: MATTHEW PERRONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 24, 2013 - 10:43 PM

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

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minn12Oct. 24, 13 8:44 PM

Get the government OUT of doctor/patient matters. Most doctors are already scared and intimidated by the DEA and will NOT prescribe effective narcotic painkillers to those who truly need them. You almost need to be on death's door before you will get effective pain relief. It's getting out of hand. There will always be some abuse of anything you can name. If this is allowed, then more people will suffer needless pain due to not being able to get necessary pain meds.

pokey2007Oct. 24, 13 9:20 PM

This is so hard! But if you need it it is hard to know that you have to justify it every month, even though your doctor agrees. The pain that is involved, when there is nothing else that can help, is ridiculous. 4 Advil. 2 Tylenol. 2 Aspirin. 1 to 2 Vicodin. Please. I have shooting shooting pains that keep me from sleeping - being 'worthy' while I am awake...the pains shoot shoot shoot...don't make EVERYONE fight to get the medicine that could help them. Please.

decembersueOct. 24, 13 9:28 PM

I read an account a while back of a man dying of pancreatic cancer who couldn't get any significant painkillers due to timid nurses/doctors. He ended up screaming at the top of his lungs for the last 48 hours of his life. Seriously, there's got to be a better way here.

dbcybbOct. 24, 13 9:37 PM

Concur with minn12. Due to previous actions the lesser pain meds are now gone. So the alternative for chronic pain was the next step up, hydrocodone. Now this action without alternatives. I have someone very close whose quality of life is about to take a significant turn if this action is approved. Let doctors practice medicine.

BobtheguyOct. 24, 1311:39 PM

If Schumer is for it, it is a very bad idea. If he has to have it you can bet HE will get it... but not you.

professormnOct. 25, 13 5:13 AM

The other day while waiting at Walgreens for my daughter's ear infection meds there were four people waiting for one man's prescription. They were swearing, looked grimey, and every time there was a store security announcement one got up and left nervously. When the pharmacist called them up they were reading to each other their address and name and you could tell it was all bogus. Everyone sitting there knew what was up and while these pills are great for the people who need them it is an epidemic. I've seen young lives ruined and recently lost my aunt who just took these things till she died. The pills don't work and are not the solution, but I do feel for those in pain and believe that doctors need to find an alternative. Our nation is addicted to opiates and is at risk. The welfare system is full of addicts today taking legal prescriptions and these are the modern day "Mother's Little Helper" that the Stones sang about in the 1960s. This must be done to save lives, this is an epidemic!

nomedsOct. 25, 13 6:24 AM

People and their meds legally or illegal. ROFLMAO!

barbjensOct. 25, 13 7:04 AM

The people brought it on yourselves. How many of the "patient" out there want some pain medication for every "little" pain they have. God forbid they should have ANY discomfort. Have a headache, pop a pill or more. About the patient who screams in pain, that is where I think we should be allowed to choose death if we want, like Oregon (I think). We have right to life but NOT right to death, that is only good enough for animals.

bobby9Oct. 25, 13 7:21 AM

Drugs kill your soul...from what I have gleaned from the "journals" only 10% of the prescriptions are legit, the current opiate epidemic is a symptom of a very sick society trying to numb their pain...food, drugs, TV, sex...something is got to give....

west336Oct. 25, 13 7:33 AM

I think this will be especially important when they introduce this "Zohydro" -- pure hydrocodone with no additives like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. At that point the different between it and its next of kin -- oxycodone/Oxycontin/Roxicet -- is just the degree of potency (hydrocodone is between 25% and 50% weaker than oxycodone). It would be even easier to overdose without the fear of Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning.


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