Could Vicodin Be Harder To Get Now?
As if the phenomeon of overmedicating hasn't gone on for far too long already, the FDA continues its efforts to diminish it.
Painkillers that contain hydrocodone, more commonly known as Vicodin, are in the limelight of the Food and Drug Administration as further restriction is strongly recommended.
While pill overuse and drug abuse are major issues the FDA works to combat, failed attempts to do so result in the same runaround-- yet another mission to end it all and well.
The risks of removing restriction from narcotic drugs and prescription medicines will result in dosage disaster, therefore leading to an upwards statistic of death via overdose.
From Adderall to cough syrup to morphine, and this current issue with Vicodin, the issue is always the same: How much is too much, and how will the FDA enforce that?
Highly addictive painkillers such as hydrocodone are now the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States alone. On Thursday, the FDA stated that this drug should be viewed in the same light, and potential danger, as oxycodone and morphine.
Because hydrocodone is often combined with non-addictive substances such as aspirin and acetaminophen, it is more difficult to enforce the rules and regulations that it should have acquired long ago. Because that did not occur, it's been the go-to for everything from back pain to arthritis and even tooth aches.
In 2011, doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 131 million prescriptions for hydrocodone.
With that, it comes as no surprise that the drug is ranked as the most-abused medicine in the nation yearly, next to oxycodone. Both of which belong in the classification called 'opioids,' along with heroin, codeine, and methadone.