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An Opioid That's One Thousand Times More Potent Than Morphine Is Approved at Height of Opioid Addiction Crisis

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the most potent opioid to date, Dsuvia (sufentanil), which is 1,000 times stronger than morphine, 50 times more potent than heroin and 10 times stronger than the synthetic opioid fentanyl
  • Drug prevention and treatment experts believe Dsuvia is unnecessary, and that its potency renders it a target for misuse and/or illegal sale
  • The maker of Dsuvia, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, says the drug is for acute pain use in a medical setting and on military battlefields only, and will not be dispensed through pharmacies
  • An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50
  • Overdose cases admitted into emergency rooms increased by more than 30 percent across the U.S. between July 2016 and September 2017; data suggests the death toll from opioids was 49,000 in 2017, up from 42,250 in 2016

An estimated 202,600 Americans died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.

Despite all the public warnings and national efforts to rein in this lethal trend, overdose cases admitted into emergency rooms still increased by more than 30 percent across the U.S. between July 2016 and September 2017, and provisional data suggests the death toll from opioids was around 49,000 in 2017, up from 42,250 in 2016.


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