Just When You Thought It Was Safe to……
It’s just what we need. A more powerful delivery system for hydrocodone. The drug that is the most diverted (sold on the street, used to support addictions, etc.) in the United States is about to become bigger and bolder. At least if the drug companies have their way.
Several companies are proposing a “straight” dose of hydrocodone that will increase the average daily dosage from 60 milligrams to 100 milligrams. This will be accomplished by stripping away non-narcotic medications like acetaminophen that are currently mixed with the time-released hydrocodone. (Hydrocodone is most familiar as Vicodin).
One of the companies testing the new formulation says it will be safer because acetaminophen is “known to cause significant liver toxicity when taken in large doses over time.” So the solution is to reduce the Tylenol and ramp up the opioid by 66%. That way new consumers can become addicts before their livers give out! Why didn’t we think of this sooner?
Watergate’s Deep Throat was right. Follow the money.