MEET THE DISCONCERTING NEW MEMBER OF THE PAINKILLER FAMILY
- December 19, 2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 115 Americans die as a direct result of opioid-related complications on a daily basis. Inarguably, the Opioid Crisis might be one of the single most dangerous threats to our beautiful country, and the situation does not seem to improving, despite efforts to control drug use. However, officials are particularly concerned that a new narcotic drug has recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After all, why should we bother to introduce a new, potentially addictive painkiller while so many of these dangerous opioids are wreaking havoc on everyone from every walk of life. Needless to say, this new addiction is not receiving a warm welcome for good reasons. Let’s take a closer look at Dsuvia, the disconcerting new member of the painkiller family.
Suitable Alternative or Dangerous Addition?
Based on reports, Dsuvia is an oral tablet variant of a drug called sufentanil that is placed under the tongue (sublingual), and supporters claim this new substance provides an excellent alternative to intravenous painkillers. Likewise, this new drug is exclusively limited for use in medical centers, hospitals, and emergency rooms.
Needless to say, people are not impressed with this new addition, particularly when so many dangerous opioids are sweeping across our country. In a recent statement, Scott Gottlieb (Commissioner of the FDA) even questioned the relevance of America adopting another opioid drug, but his words have been seen as self-contradicting. Critics have argued that the FDA acted too hastily in greenlighting Dsuvia. Even though the organization has confirmed the drug will be restricted to medical settings, this action does not decrease the risk for more opioid abuse and addiction in the United States.
Major Risk for Abuse and Addiction
Recently, Dr. Raeford Brown (chair of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee for the FDA) defined Dsuvia as a dangerously powerful drug that has immensely high capabilities for causing abuse and addiction. At some point, Brown teamed up with Dr. Sidney Wolfe (senior advisor and founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group) to write a protest letter to the DEA. Likewise, the pair has also criticized the DEA for promoting Dsuvia in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post.
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