EDITORIAL Enough: Zohydro has potential benefits, but now is not the time for another addictive painkiller in Ohio
May 11, 2014
In a letter last month to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, state medical board President Dr. Krishnamurthi Ramprasad argued that many people will consume excessive doses of Zohydro, become addicted, and die. In its current form, Dr. Ramprasad warned, Zohydro will create “serious risks of addiction and overdose” that outweigh its “limited expected benefit.”
Nationwide, more than 6 million people misuse or abuse prescription drugs, the Trust for America’s Health reports. Deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled in 10 years.
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