With the rise in prescription painkiller abuse, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration recently announced they would begin issuing stronger warning
labels for addictive opioids.
Faced with rising opioid overdose related deaths, the FDA issued new guidelines
with which to warn users on Tuesday. The new rules will require opioid-based
prescription painkillers to come with new warnings about the medicine
being linked to addiction, abuse, overdose, and death. This new guideline
affects drugs such as Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, and Demerol. The new
labels will also include the dangers the prescription drugs pose to pregnant
women and newborns.
FDA commissioner, Robert Califf, states,
Opioid addiction and overdose have reached epidemic levels over the past
decade, and the FDA remains steadfast in our commitment to do our part
to help reverse the devastating impact of the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids .
In their recent
national prescription audit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 46 people die
from a prescription painkiller overdose every day in the United States.
This means that of the 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12 who suffer
from addiction, 1.9 million had a disorder with prescription pain reliever
usage. Adults are not the only ones affected by the substance abuse. According to
a Reuters Investigation, an average of 130,000 newborns enter the world suffering from opioid
Will FDA efforts be enough? Some legislators are doubtful. People such
as Senator Ed Markey voice their skepticism, especially after the FDA
failed to place
a black box warning on combining opioid and benzodiazepine.
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