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FDA Aims to Combat Opioid Abuse With New Warning Guidelines

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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 substance abuse. According to a Reuters Investigation, an average of 130,000 newborns enter the world suffering from opioid addiction.

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.

If you believe a loved one is abusing prescription painkillers, or you suffer from opiate addiction yourself, contact our New Jersey drug detox center today. Our treatments target the cause of addiction and help residents overcome substance abuse. Call today at (973) 380-0905 or fill out our online form to refer a patient. Don’t let opioids control your life.