The FDA Just Approved OxyContin to Be Prescribed to Children

August 14, 2015   |   Josh Mur

Josh Mur
August 14, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) The infamously untrustworthy Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has furthered its reputation as one of America’s most beloved hypocrites with its latest motion. It was reported on Thursday that the FDA has just approved OxyContin prescriptions for children between the ages of 11 and 16 years-old.

For those unfamiliar, OxyContin is an opiate-based pharmaceutical painkiller used to ease severe pain. Aside from being known for its powerful effects on users, it is also notorious for its widespread abuse. Its effects on the mind and body are strikingly similar to heroin, making it dangerously addictive. It typically contains anywhere between 40-160 milligrams of OxyCodone, which lasts around 12 hours thanks to its extended release. However, abusers generally crush the pills to inhale or inject them with a syringe by mixing it with water, thus receiving a dose that is meant to stretch over a 12-hour span almost instantly.

After a 2004 study was abandoned due to an apparent lack of monetary resources, the FDA announced that pediatric studies on the effects of OxyContin would be underway in order to establish whether or not this pharmaceutical version of heroin should be available for children. After a very short period of trials and research, the FDA has concluded that three years is enough time to evaluate the long-term effects of extended use of a highly potent drug in children. Keep in mind that the FDA is the same government organization that has lumped marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms into the same category as Schedule 1 narcotics, deeming them to have zero medicinal value and heightened potential for abuse (because we all know a handful of people addicted to psychedelic mushrooms, right?).

One of the most blatant problems with this new allowance is that opiate addiction itself has become one of the most pressing health crises of modern times. In 2010 alone, 16,651 people died from opiate overdoses — making up 60% of all overdose deaths. Prescription drug overdoses are now responsible for more deaths than all illegal drug overdoses combined. Another recent study has shown that 4 out of 5 new heroin addicts initially became addicted from using prescription opiates. One can’t help but ask whether or not prescribing children OxyContin will lead to heroin addiction at an earlier age.

This is just the latest move which allows for the mass (over)medication of America’s youth. As we reported last year, at least 10,000 toddlers are now prescribed amphetamine-based ADHD drugs in the U.S.

Ironically, despite the fact that marijuana and heroin are all considered to lack any acceptable medicinal value, both of them have synthetic pharmaceutical versions available to patients. For example, Marinol and Cesamet are pharmaceutical drugs that are readily available, typically to cancer patients. The irony is in the fact that these drugs are literally modeled on active ingredients in marijuana. On the other hand, we have the drug of discussion, OxyContin, which, as stated earlier, is modeled around heroin itself. There is clearly either a major conflict of interest, unfathomable stupidity, or perhaps both.

RELATED: How an Illegal “Drug” is Reducing Opiate Painkiller Addiction

Regardless of the motive behind these contradictions, the message is clear: these regulators have proven themselves unfit to handle this sort of responsibility. Even considering the fact that children will have to undergo a more extensive evaluation than adults to obtain a prescription, these methods and regulations are supported by the imbeciles responsible for the clear absurdities stated above. Furthermore, does not the FDA’s refusal to recognize the inefficiency in its own approved medications while ignoring the success of “alternative” medicine imply that it is guilty of more ignorance than meets the eye?

Health is not a monopoly, it is a state of well-being. The fact that we have corporations and organizations that immensely benefit from the sales of medication implies two things. First, illness and injury are key components in the demand for sales, manufacturing, and further development of medicine — constituting a clear conflict of interest between the physical and mental well-being of American citizens and the financial well-being of Big Pharma. Second, it implies that the FDA’s evaluation methods are not nearly efficient enough to safely decide whether or not certain chemicals should be available for human consumption. This is why a naturally occurring chemical like psilocybin — which is proven to have not only psychological benefits, but physical benefits as well — is considered illegal in the United States.

Does the FDA need to re-evaluate its infrastructure? Do you think it is okay to prescribe children highly addictive medications? Share  your thoughts in the comments below.


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Josh Mur joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in January of 2015. His topics of interest include culture, alternative medicine, and government corruption. He currently resides in Sacramento, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. It's insanity, the way the fda regulates and controls what's acceptable for us and what isn't. What has to happen to see some major change and why isn't that happening already are the questions I have

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  2. I can't believe the fda approved this! Why don't we all just Gove our kids heroine for God's sake!

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  3. you might spend a brief period of time researching the variety of painful, debilitating conditions some children have to endure–beyond the obvious cancer and severe burns, for instance–before casually sacrificing them to your judgment and fantasies about marijuana. whether or not it offends your sensibilities or rationalizations about people who choose to abuse these medicines, nobody who has experienced or been close to people who have to endure tortuous pain that can't be 'fixed' by specialists could be this dismissive of something that, appropriately prescribed, can give them some measure of comfort.

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  4. No matter the medication it's given to us as a cure or a way to feel better. If you feel good then you are good, so why are so many people down on mj? It makes the user feel good for a short time and you can function in some cases better than one might have without it. I don't think feeling good should be crime or left in the hands of Dr's or the government. It's a basic human right to feel good, comfortable within ones self.

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  5. Are you really going to tell me that marijuana is worse for you than theoxys are you kidding me I have been on it for quite some time I'm getting off it now as a matter of fact I'm in the middle of it and it's pure torture there's no way any kid 11 to 15 could possibly beat this drug I am prescribed by a doctor and monitor closely with drug test and everything else it's a service-connected injury really the FDA is nothing but money

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  6. I'm not saying that there are terrible injuries out there that cannot be fixed by surgery because I am one of them I live in pain everyday but the way they make you feel when you go for a prescription is that your a potential heroin addict begging for your next fix

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  7. You need to do more research on addiction. It isn't very likely that they will become addicted. 90% of users do not become addicted. And I spent months at St Jude children's hospital and you have no idea how horrible it is to see these kids laying in wagons just silently crying because they are in so much pain and the doctors are telling families that they cannot legally give them anymore medication. It should be used sparingly yes but there are times when the compassionate thing to do is the only thing that can be done.

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  8. Wow, I can't even believe that article. I don't even know what to say. It stuns me that anyone could think it's a good idea to ever give any child oxys; unless the child is on their deathbed and fading fast. I think the FDA needs to be held responsible for misguiding a mass with their lack of physical research

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  10. There are simply more effective and less addictive treatments than OXY's. OXY's are not the way.

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  11. There are simply more effective and less addictive treatments than OXY's. OXY's are not the way.

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  12. maybe some children do need medicine as powerful as oxy, but wouldn't it be more ethical to try cannabis first?! The side effects and toxicity to the human body are beyond dispute in favor of Cannabis. This article exposes the reality that the FDA is not making these recommendations based purely on science and medicine, and it is not illogical to assume financial motivations when truths such as these come to light.

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  13. maybe some children do need medicine as powerful as oxy, but wouldn't it be more ethical to try cannabis first?! The side effects and toxicity to the human body are beyond dispute in favor of Cannabis. This article exposes the reality that the FDA is not making these recommendations based purely on science and medicine, and it is not illogical to assume financial motivations when truths such as these come to light.

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  14. Marijuana is infinitely safer than OxyContin, and that has been confirmed by science and human history. To argue for OxyContin and not acknowledge the irrationality and Fascism of Marijuana being Schedule I doesn't make sense to me

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  15. Marijuana is infinitely safer than OxyContin, and that has been confirmed by science and human history. To argue for OxyContin and not acknowledge the irrationality and Fascism of Marijuana being Schedule I doesn't make sense to me

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  16. Of course it would and it should be an available option. As someone who suffers from chronic pain though I can tell you there is a world of difference in the pain relief you get frome these and Cannabis is not enough.

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  17. If it comes back Dr.'s are handing them out like candy for minor reasons then it is a problem. I highly doubt that will happen. To you're comment "unless the child is on their deathbed and fading fast." I have just one thing to say and that is there are worse things than death. If you havn't witnessed this first hand yet count you're blessings.

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  18. I have witnessed more then I have ever wanted to in means of death and and worse. One of the worst things I have ever seen was a child addict due to the current pill pushers we call doctors. Why should we be pushing oxys as medication and leave marijuana on the shelf? There are other ways to combat medical issues, why jump children over that and put them into addiction, which is a life long illness.

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  19. I have witnessed more then I have ever wanted to in means of death and and worse. One of the worst things I have ever seen was a child addict due to the current pill pushers we call doctors. Why should we be pushing oxys as medication and leave marijuana on the shelf? There are other ways to combat medical issues, why jump children over that and put them into addiction, which is a life long illness.

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  20. Josh Risley that's lke saying eating an orange is safer than taking ibuprofen–they don't do the same thing. there's not a marijuana-based drug that does what oxycontin does or even comes close. the medications mentioned in the article are anti-nausea medications, so it's misleading to have them discussed alongside pain medications as if they were interchangeable (not to mention that as anti-nausea medications they aren't really impressing anybody).

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  21. Where did you get the info that 90% of people prescribed painkillers don't get addicted? Sounds like a fairytale in fallacy land to me. Everyone I have known that is prescribed painkillers is addicted to them. Every. Single. One.

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  22. You know someone now Gail Kern. I take a benzodiazam and an opiate agonist for autoimmune disorders. I take them on bad days and I have yet to have to take a maintenance pill so I won't go into withdrawal. I have never ever experienced withdrawal. I have gone weeks without them and I didn't get sick. As for your ascertain that Every. Single. One. Is a fallacy. Dr.Carl Hart, a research neurobiologist, gives an excellent TedMed talk on the nature and cause of addiction. It would be worth your time to learn something. And, because I know you have no clue, the benzodiazam I take is xanax and the opiate agonist is oxycodone. Just wanted to let you know that so you don't have to go look up words.

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  23. Gail Kern A few addicts that you know does not represent every patient on pain medication. I myself have been prescribed pain pills multiple times and have never had a problem. My father was on fentanyl patches for over a year and viccodin for over 4 years. He only took it when absolutely necessary and has now decided that he can get by with tylenol. No withdrawls, no addiction. Everyone is different and should be monitored closely but everyone does not turn into an addict.

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  27. When I was a 13 years old I was prescribed OxyContin after a suicide attempt involving the antidepressant Wellbutrin and it led to serious addictions for me that I obviously eventually got over into my adult years. I was in middle school taking enough to get me to barely remain conscious during all of my classes friends had to carry me around the school because I kept myself so doped up. Why was I prescribed this in the first place and why was it necessary to give a child such a high dose and such a large amount with unlimited refills I wasn't in pain except for being in pain emotionally. The need to supplement the human and even animal population with pharmaceutical drugs when there are so many natural alternatives is so difficult to understand.

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  30. Amanda Cooper and Selina Spence, the problem is not in who does not become addicted but rather in that painkillers are notoriously over-prescribed. To deny that some medical professionals benefit from writing prescriptions or that the FDA has corruption within the organization is to close your eyes to the problem. Instead of arguing that there is no problem because YOU don't experience addiction, you should consider all the lives that have been ruined by heavy prescription painkillers and benzos. The truth is, some people are being turned into addicts when there are other options that aren't necessarily being explored.

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  31. Josh Risley I think weed should be legal so I don't have much of anything to argue about with you.
    Elizabeth Moore I have worked processing claims and it isn't easy to get anything scripted for more than 10 days as an outpatient. The amount of documentation and justification that has to submitted and approved for each and every patient at each and every visit (every two months) is ungodly. That is the reason we now have pain management specialists. Primary care patients take up too much time and costs aren't recovered. If you have a staff that does pain management exclusively then the practice can become profitable again. If you guys had watched Carl Hart on TedMed you would have a better understanding why I stated that 90% of users do not become addicted. He is the best in his field. There are a ton of reasons people choose to do drugs but very few become addicted.
    During the Vietnam War troops most (over half ) were smoking heroine because it was cheap and everywhere. It was so bad that the military began making troops stay until they could pass a drug test. It worked. Most of the troops did not continue drug use when returned home. And go look that yourself. Google it.

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  32. Any pharmaceutical will destroy the beneficial bacteria in the gut which comprises 70% of our immune system. Many children have emotional and physiological symptoms due to gut dysbiosis, where fungus and bad bacteria replace the good flora. This can be due to glyphosate (roundup, which is an antibiotic and chelates, or binds the minerals necessary for health), antibiotics, stress, processed foods, and any toxin in air, food or water. Check out a functional medicine doctor, and pump up their immune system with probiotics, a paleo diet, and the appropriate supplements before just suppressing symptoms. There are free documentaries on oxycontin abuse, and many deaths of young people due to it being prescribed too freely. Big Pharma has made bank on this epidemic which has devastated some communities. The FDA has been taken over by big pharma interests. Good parents don´t let anyone drug their kids. And yes, sugar is a drug, too.

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  40. I work with kids with cancer. Sometimes they have awful, awful pain and OxyContin (and oxycodone) are fantastic drugs (he had the doses all wrong btw, we usually start at 10mg twice a day, not 40-160…even tough that sounds much more dramatic

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  41. I have no problem with giving kids marijuana ALSO or instead, if it works, but don't carry on as if icy is a terrible drug kids should never get until you have taken care of some sick kids in terrible pain…until then you are just talking out of your ass.

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  42. I spent years taking "prescribed medications" which gradually stole my health and mobility, Oxycontin was particularly harmful as I began losing my bladder control and fading in and out of coherence. I just feel that it could only hurt a child and never help.
    In this (90% percent of users did not become addicted) As a person who was addicted to Oxycontin, Methadone, and before that Vicodin I can tell you from experience that they are all extremely addictive!
    I have to wonder how long the study was. We now know that most of these "studies" are only for a six or eight week time frame. Prescriptions like this are taken often times for life, leading to liver and other vital organ damage.
    Big Pharma is just plain out of control!

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