In an attempt to address the problem of increasing deaths connected to overdose of prescription drugs, two U.S. Senators from West Virginia have introduced a bill that would make it harder for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve new and generic opioid drugs. Opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and Demerol, are commonly prescribed for treating chronic pain. The dangers of prescription medication are this: when used for extended periods or increasing doses, they can lead to dependence and ultimately addiction, with a high risk of overdose. Called the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act, the bill specifically responds to the use of a drug called Zohydro, which gained FDA approval despite concerns about its potential for abuse. The bill recommends that all opioids undergo review by an advisory committee and would require medical and scientific evidence regarding patient safety. It also addresses potential conflicts of interest with FDA officials. The two authors of Senate Bill 954 say consumer safety is at its core. Citing statistics that show 46 people dying every day from overdose of prescription drugs, they accuse the FDA of ignoring expert advice and continuing to approve dangerous drugs that cause damage of epic proportions.
Chronic Pain Treatment Center Supports Legislation on Painkillers
Because we share similar concerns about the risks associated with prescription painkillers, we support stricter control over FDA approval of potent drugs. Since its inception, our Chronic Pain Treatment Center has advocated an alternative method of helping patients. Because of the way opioid drugs work on brain functions, the possibility of rapid addiction is high. Clients come to us with chronic pain from a variety of conditions, including post-surgical pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis, to name a few. At the same time, they may have developed an addiction to drugs they take to alleviate pain. We treat the physical pain as well as the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of chronic pain and addiction. We lead our patients toward a drug-free life without pain. What are your thoughts on opioid use? Add your thoughts and comments below and follow us on Facebook!