ALERT: FDA Just Approved Highly Addictive Painkiller ‘OxyContin’ For Children…



“Hillbilly Heroin” for teenage kids… what could possibly go wrong? Most Americans have dealt with addiction, either themselves, with family members or friends. Drug addiction has ripped many, many families apart and continues to destroy many lives on a daily basis. The biggest problem in most areas are prescribed narcotics. The accessibility of these drugs has caused the abuse to grow, coming from either a doctor or in many cases a medicine cabinet at home.

In recent years, we have seen a step towards getting many narcotics off the street through arrests of doctor’s who have abused their prescription writing privileges. Many people have became aware and also taken these pills out of places in their home where younger kids were stealing them from, and at least in my area, the addiction problems were improving, thankfully. With that in mind, when I saw this story I was sickened. What is the FDA thinking giving doctor’s the right to prescribe young children this type of drug?

WHAS 11 News reports:

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11. While doctors who treat young cancer patients hailed the approval, others expressed concern that prescribing OxyContin to children could put them at risk for addiction.

OxyContin, an extended-release version of the painkiller oxycodone, has gained notoriety in recent years because of its frequent abuse. People addicted to painkillers crush the pills so that they can be snorted or injected, producing a powerful high.

The FDA notes that children generally have many fewer options for pain relief than adults. Because of that problem, the FDA asked Purdue to perform studies to see if the drug could be used safely in children ages 11 to 16 with pain caused by cancer, trauma or major surgery, said Sharon Hertz, a physician with the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in an interview on the agency’s website.

The FDA approved OxyContin for children this age who need “daily, round-the-clock, long-term” pain relief for which there is no alternative, Hertz said. Doctors should only prescribe OxyContin in children who have already been treated with opiate painkillers and who can tolerate at least 20 milligrams a day of oxycodone.

I don’t guess this should surprise anyone, they already prescibe them Aderall and other drugs, which is bad enough. Once these kids wind up addicted it’s not going to matter. Most addictions are started by just one prescription from a doctor and the pill addiction is around long after the souce of the pain is gone. Only in terminal cases should this drug be prescribed, and in my opinion, it should never be written out to children of these age groups.

Prescription drug manufacturers won’t be happy though until we are all hooked on something. The industry has pills for everything and also another pill to mask the side effects of the one they prescribed on your last visit. If you are hooked, no need to worry, they have a pill for that also. It’s a cycle that can not end well for the patient in the end. What are your thoughts?




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