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FDA Urges Tighter Rein on Hydrocodone Medication While Simultaneously Approving Another Addictive Painkiller

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  • In the year 2011, more than five billion hydrocodone-containing pain pills were prescribed to an estimated 47 million American patients
  • In little over one decade (1999-2010), deaths from prescription painkiller overdose—whether accidental or intentional—increased by 400 percent among women and 265 percent in men
  • Prescription drug deaths have far surpassed deaths from illicit street drugs, accounting for about three-quarters of all drug overdose deaths in the US
  • The FDA has announced its intention to reclassify hydrocodone-containing painkillers from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug. The reclassification will affect how hydrocodone-containing drugs can be prescribed and refilled
  • Ironically enough, FDA just approved the first drug containing pure hydrocodone for the US market, aimed at patients who need around-the-clock pain relief

By Dr. Mercola

In the year 2011, more than five billion hydrocodone-containing pain pills were prescribed to an estimated 47 million American patients.


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