Making it harder for an addict to abuse our medication doesn’t stop them. It only causes us with chronic illnesses and chronic pain to pay higher cost for medications that don’t work. I know this all to well when I was switched to one and it didn’t absorb correctly as noted in this great article.
From the director of the FDA, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., comes a refreshingly rational and measured approach to opioid abuse and addiction. She repeatedly stresses that legitimate patients should have access to opiods and admits that the current state-led efforts to restrict particular medications (like Zohydro) have left some pain patients stranded without medication.
The recent attention paid by state policy makers around the serious public health problem of misuse, abuse, addiction, and overdose of prescription opioid painkillers is commendable.
However, it is important that such efforts comprehensively address the real root causes of the problem, are grounded in science, and will make a real and lasting difference.
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