FDA Approves Addictive Painkiller to Combat Addiction to Painkillers

November 25, 2014   |   Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler
November 25 2014

(TheAntiMedia) Last Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new painkiller that claims to combat the nation’s widespread, lethal addiction to painkillers.

In 2010, anywhere from half  to three-quarters of drug overdoses in America were from painkillers. 12 million people abused them for non-medical reasons and addiction is also surging among teenagers. According to the CDC, prescription opioid abuse sends 420,000 people to the emergency room every year and death from opioid abuse is greater than heroin and cocaine combined. 46 Americans die every day from painkillersmore than one individual every hour.

Naturally, the FDAwhich has approved these deadly prescription painkillers stepped in to help. After fighting change for years (alongside the American Medical Assocation), last year it announced it would tighten restrictions on prescribing pills to combat doctors who over-prescribed painkillers.

But that was not enough. Faced with outrage over the growing epidemic, the FDA approved Purdue Pharmaceuticals Hysingla last week. Hysingla contains a potent dose of highly addictive hydrocodone120 mgbut lacks acetaminophen, a mild painkiller found in products like Tylenol (that is not without its own side effects). Hysingla is taken once a day and releases over a 24-hour period.

Purdue spokesman, Raul Damas, bragged that 

“This is coming on to a market that is currently flooded with products that do not have abuse-deterrent options.”

Still, the FDA advises the 120 mg dose of hydrocodone “should not be prescribed to people who have not previously taken an opioid medication,” and that any dose over 80 mg for a new patient is unsuitable (exposing how powerful the new drug actually is).

Nevertheless, the new pill’s manufacturer, Purdue Pharmaceuticals claims Hysingla is an “abuse-deterrent” because it is difficult to crush or dissolve in water. Apparently forgetting that drug addicts will consume their drug of choice in any way possible, Dr. David Haddox, the company’s chief of health policy, said the pill is a

“gelatinous, gooey mass that doesn’t pull into a syringe easily.”

The FDA parroted these claims:

“For patients who benefit from hydrocodone alone for the treatment of pain severe enough to need an opioid, this offers the advantage of once-a-day dosing in a formulation that we expect will reduce abuse and misuse.”

But addiction experts disagree. The New York Times reported:

“Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a group of nonprofit addiction-treatment centers, said he was disturbed by the drug’s approval and disappointed that the F.D.A. did not seek input from an advisory committee of experts.

Dr. Kolodny said that addicts knew how to break down abuse-deterrent products for oral use, and that the 120-milligram tablets were particularly dangerous because they ‘pack an enormous amount of hydrocodone.'”

Last year, the FDA approved Targiniq, another Purdue “abuse deterrent” that like Hysingla, experts warned could still cause dependency. It, like Hysingla, was approved without the consult of an expert review board.

It is no secret that the FDA could have long ago approved other substances for the treatment of serious pain. Pain relief is one of the most commonly accepted uses of marijuana, but because the plant does not enjoy a powerful corporate lobby, it has long been barred from legal use (even though the government holds a patent on its medicinal qualities).

At this point, few Americans are fooled by the FDA’s false claims that it protects the health of the population. Simply disregarding or failing to seek the opinions of experts they hire would be enough to prove this point. That they disregard these experts to routinely side with corporations on matters that are literally life or death makes their true motives even more obvious.

However, with the growing awareness of these addictive “medicines,” there is hope that individuals will look to alternative forms of medicine to treat their ailments, avoiding “FDA-approved” solutions whenever possible.

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Author: Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  1. So fucking stupid. This is just another pain pill. It has nothing to do with fighting addiction. The anti-news writes the anti-truth.

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  2. Oh great. So now people will have limbs removed because of trying to inject gloop. I have been on the front line of drug treatment services and seen what happens.

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  3. Americas drugs
    America , manufactures,markets and sells more Pharmesuticles than any country ! We also consume 90% of cocain,produced elsewhere and imported illegally! Heroin, from so.america or AFGANASTN , gets here magically also. The pharmaceutical manufacturers( major politicle Lobbiest) test who ? US !,for ten yrs. to get FDA approval for sale …then very quickly at the end of their television advertisements, run through the side effects( WOW), as they try to market their wonderful DRUGS! Billions in sales, legally n trillions illegally…who's consuming all this crap ?
    Than we ask,who's financing these powerfull cartels? Apparently we are complaining about all the things WE DO, as we pretend we don't !
    Craig /Dad-2 DAAD Drug Addicts Against DRUGS

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  4. What a joke

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  5. I'm not sure how this makes any ense

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  6. If you read The Harrison Narcotic Act 1914 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Narcotics_Tax_Act you will see that is where this war on drugs began,, and it was based on racism, bigotry and a "war on women".. since that point in time.. we have had 1%-2% of the population abusing some substance – other than alcohol & tobacco – According to medical science.. ALL ADDICTIONS are mental health disease.. yet we are still working on a court decision in 1914 that abusing opiates was a CRIME. So Congress passed this law that created this "black market" and now we are spending 51 billion fighting 6 million people abusing some substance .. because they have mental health issues and turning them into criminals and throwing them in jail/prison.

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  7. What about methadone? It's more addictive than heroin and it's been around forever. It's just a legal drug for addicts, a way for drug companies and govt to make more money.

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  8. I've been on methadone for 3 years and it's changed my life!! I haven't robbed or stolen, I have a job and pay taxes now, I've regained custody of my son, and many other positive things!! Whatever works and if you're serious about your sobriety it DEFINITELY works!! And for all the ignorant( not knowing) poeple who have never experiencedaaddiction you have NOTHING TO SAY!! They are just like doctors offices with certified docs, nurses, addiction counselors, and groups to give you the tools you need to eventually get off the methadone as fast or slow as one needs!! So shut the fuck up!!! Whatever gets these people off the drugs so they can face what they starting numbing themselves from in the first place then leave it be!! P.s. addicts also take other drugs with the medicine that makes methadone, suboxone, etc. look so bad, keep that in mind the next time you dare judge

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  9. Why the hatred for pain medications? If you break your leg, or have surgery, or get stabbed by a mugger, you'll understand the value of medications that can relieve pain. This whole demonizing of one form of medication is doing nothing to stop drug abuse, only to prevent people who really need the pain relief from getting their meds. Wana get rid of a useless drug? How about Viagra?

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  10. This is insane… Don't they get ppl get addicted and dependent by taking ORALLY and not just by smoking and injecting?

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