NORTHUMBERLAND — The families of four Saratoga County men who live in a state-run home for people with developmental disabilities say the state never informed them that their loved ones' new roommate is a convicted sex offender.
Ah yes, remember your SATs a hundred or so years ago? It was loaded with "Comparative Analogy" questions designed to test your thought process and vocabulary. The FDA just approved an opioid drug called Dsuvia that is dissolves under the tongue (you know, sublingual, like those dreaded homeopathic drugs the FDA loathes) for instant pain relief. No more pesky waiting for a needle to get the drug into your system or a pill to dissolved in your belly. How about instant euphoria 500 - 1000 times more powerful than morphine as an enticement to addiction and overdose?
From the manufacturer:
AcelRx is developing DSUVIA for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain in a variety of medically supervised settings, including in emergency medicine, outpatient or ambulatory surgery, non-surgical patients experiencing pain in the hospital, or post-operative patients, following short-stay surgery, who do not require more long-term analgesia.
Moderate acute pain. I had three babies without a Motrin. I was injured on my hand by a martial arts weapon earlier this year and I screamed, cried and would have wolfed down this pill in a NY minute. Will ER doctors give this drug to the loudest patients who cause the most chaos, like our loved ones with autism, perhaps? Will it become the "shut up" pill?
“It doesn’t seem reasonable to place another potent opioid on the market at this time, especially when we’re currently still writing 200 million prescriptions for opioids a year,” Brown told ABC News. “The need to put a drug like this on the market is not demonstrated. The ability to manage that drug once it gets past the FDA is not demonstrated.” Read more at ABC News.
FDA is encouraging even more overdoses in a nation with too many already. I have a dear high school friend whose 20 year old son died 3 years ago. I'm sure we all know someone crippled by pain meds into addiction.
Perhaps a few people will open their eyes to the real goals of FDA and yes, CDC. Promote pharmaceutical products with high risk and safety promises they can never keep as epidemics roll on and on. It's like it's planned. Wait, that's a simile.