Friday, February 22, 2013

Painkiller Plague

pills out of bottlePainkiller addiction is an ever present problem in the US. With Americans using pills to get rid of their pains, the unforeseen problem of addiction often occurs with users. With pill overdoses killing around 15,000 the FDA would like to see companies making safer drugs. 

 According to, the FDA is considering a proposal to restrict access to those dangerous prescription painkillers and also want to see companies reformulate drugs. The FDA wants to see the new formulations cause less of a high feeling, be harder to crush, and more testing to fully see the drugs effects.

The FDA needs to follow through with these possible regulations because painkiller abuse cases have soared in the last few years. WebMD has looked into the subject saying, “Experts don't know exactly how many people are addicted to prescription drugs today, but all agree it's on the rise. 'It's partly an issue of availability,' says Robert Jamison, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. "Vastly more people have access to these medicines today than 15 or 20 years ago”. They also mention how doctors are currently more open to giving out the opiates to those who complain of pain.

Another problem associated with the out-flux of painkillers is how easy it is for teens and even children to get their hands on the potent drugs. With the drugs being overly prescribed some bottles may end up collecting dust in medicine cabinets, within easy reach of children and teens. They can take the pills without your knowledge or even sell them.
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Abuse of painkillers is ever prevalent in the U.S.
The new generation of pills -- if developed -- are still dangerously addictive. That’s why the doctor says the solution has to be more than yet another pill, albeit one that’s harder to abuse said Philadelphia Doctor, Aviva Fohrer.

Monday, February 11, 2013

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