Even with the prescription drug epidemic soaring to new heights every single day, the Food and Drug Administration just approved what most view as the most dangerous drug on the market – Zohydro.
Unlike most prescription painkillers, Zohydro is pure hydrocodone, while other drugs are usually cut with another lesser strength painkiller in an effort to make them less addictive. Hydrocodone is considered one of the most addictive substances available, and now it is being sold in prescription pill bottles across the country.
While people will continue to struggle with addiction to prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, it will come as no surprise if Zohydro addiction becomes commonplace as well. One of the primary dangers of this drug lies in the fact that is has a high potential for abuse – even by those who are using it as directed. Its potential to create physical and psychological dependency in users is currently unmatched by any other drug on the market.
It is also important to know that since the Centers for Disease Control labeled prescription drug abuse in the country an “epidemic” in 2011, a number of measures have been taken to prevent new cases of painkiller addiction from developing. This includes making tablets and capsules more complicated to crush – or “abuse deterrent”. One might think that a drug that has caused as much controversy a Zohydro would contain an abuse deterrent, however it does not, making this drug even more dangerous. Not only is it addictive in its own right, but it also has the ability to be easily crushed and abused by snorting or injecting.
Additionally, the strength of this drug, combined with the ability to abuse it in many different ways, unlocks an entirely new potential for overdose. Since this drug is so new, it is impossible to know the exact effect Zohydro will have, however overdoses are expected to occur based on the drug’s strength and addictiveness. Overdose is a public concern, as it can impact addicts and their loved ones nationwide.
Despite its addictive potential, Zohydro has been approved and released for use. The best and most effective way to prevent addiction to Zohydro is to not use it at all – even if it is prescribed to you. There are plenty of other painkillers available that can treat your condition while protecting you from severe addiction problems in the future.
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