The new painkiller Zohydro, has been approved by the FDA. The alarm bells wrung by the panel of experts weren't sufficient to sway the FDA. This should convince everyone that the FDA is more interested in coprorate profits than public safety.

Zohydro contains a pure version of the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone. Zohydro's timed-release drug is designed to manage moderate to severe pain.  Much as Oxycontin. with its small dose release of hydrocodone, was circumvented by abusers by crushing, Zohydro will be abused often.

Prior to Zohydro, the highly addictive hydrocodone compound had always bee been combined with a non-addictive pain reliever like acetaminophen or aspirin.

Abusers crush the capsule to destroy the rime-release aspect, which alow them to get that intense, immediate high. Deaths wil surely follow this release.

"Zohydro™ ER is an opioid agonist, extended-release, oral formulation of hydrocodone bitartrate indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate."


The dangers posed by the drug need to be measured against the value of its sublime pain relief.

Each capsule will contain up to 50 milligrams of hydrocodone; that's 10 times more hydrocodone than regular Vicodin.

Easily abused, both by crushing, and frequent use. Zohydro will be a godsend ro the many patients who live in agony. They will also help them take their own lives, willingly or not.

One capsule, properly smashed will be enough to cause a child to overdose and two, will put a non-tollerant adult into serious respiratory jeopardy,.

Hydrocodone belongs to family of drugs known as opiates or opioids because they are chemically similar to the natural compound, opium, which is derived from the poppy flower. They include morphine, heroin, oxycodone, codeine, and methadone.

Despite the strong objections of an FDA advisory committee, which voted 11-to-2 against it, the FDA approved the drug.

All of the prominent addiction-treatment people and consumer advocacy groups are against this bil.

They point to the fact that, like the original version of OxyContin, Zohydro can be easily crushed and therfore, abused. Zohydro wil also be abused taken as directed.

But obtaing the dose provided in one shot, makes the drug especially lethal.

Opioids are the absolute best medication for easing the suffering that occurs at the end of life. They will find comfort and an easy way out.

They are also effective when they are prescribed for short-term use. The severe acute pain suffers become addicted to them when they need more pain relief.

Taken on a daily basis, tolerance develops to hydrocodone and its the analgesic effect diminishes.


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