Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet
and Vicodin can make days bearable if you're suffering,.
But they can be as addictive as heroin and just as
News 8's Martha Koloski has a warning.
Prescriptions have soared 300 percent in the past
decade and now the F-D-A has approved yet another
Consumer Reports says the F-D-A should reconsider
That's today's On Your Side.
30-year old Devin never expected to be addicted to
Devin, It affected my life pretty seriously.
I started doing things that I never thought I would
do." After having a tooth pulled, Devin was given
Vicodin and then Percocet to ease the pain.
Both are powerful and can be addictive.
Use of those, as well as OxyContin and other opioids,
has skyrocketed in recent years.
In fact, Vicodin and its generic, hydrocodone, are
now the most commonly prescribed drugs in America.
And increased use has brought increased deaths.
46 people a day - almost 17-thousand people a year
- die from overdoses of opioids.
And more than 500-thousand people a year are admitted
to the E-R because of opioid use, many unconscious
or barely breathing.
With numbers like that, Consumer Reports was surprised
by a recent Food and Drug Administration decision.
"The FDA went against the overwhelming recommendation
of its own advisory committee -- and approved another
version of hydrocodone -- called Zohydro E-R.
Doctors have been prescribing it since March." Consumer
Reports and attorneys general from 28 states are calling
for the F-D-A to reconsider its approval of Zohydro
Lisa Gill, "It offers no clear advantage over other
drugs that are currently on the market, and its potency
makes it yet another target for misuse and abuse."
Meanwhile, Devin, who has gone eight months without
taking an opioid, hopes that by sharing his story
someone else will be spared.
Of course, there are cases where prescribing opioids
If you and your doctor decide your condition warrants
using these potent painkillers, Consumer Reports cautions
- take them exactly as directed and be certain not
to combine them with sleeping pills or alcohol.
I'm Martha Koloski ansd that's today's On Your Side.