First.. lets get’s straight… opiates THEMSELVES are not addictive.. they are POTENTIALLY addicting. When people with addictive personalities and/or mental health issues.. take opiates.. they become addicted to the side effects of the drug(s). Just like some of the same people when they drink alcohol and have no will power to know when to stop.
There are a lot on things in our lives that are capable of being potentially harmful. Driving your car too fast and/or poorly maintained, letting a a pot boil over on the stove. Gasoline has some serious harmful potential when it interacts with a heat source.
People who abuse substance(s) will find something to abuse..what is in vogue, the most available or the most affordable.. Over the last couple of years…Ohio has been playing “hard ball” with legal drugs being diverted to the street .. and I have read statements from the bureaucrats in Ohio that they are puzzled as to why the use/abuse/deaths from Heroin use is on a dramatic upswing.
Everyone is focusing on Zohydro ER 50.. as this “mean new drug”.. Let’s put things into perspective Zohydro ER 50 is therapeutically between Oxycontin 30 and Morphine SR 60 and one can presume that the “high” that a person will get out of this drug.. would be similar… on a mg per mg basis
One more comparison.. Zohydro ER 50 is therapeutically comparable to fentanyl 25 mcg patch. BUT.. The Fentanyl patch will release 25 mcg/hr X72.. you would think that this means that there is 1800 mcg of Fentanyl in the patch.. But patch technology contains up to 100 % more than it is designed to release over 72 hrs.
Meaning that a “spent” patch could have as much opiate as 6 Zohydro ER 50 caps. Make that a new 100 mcg fentanyl patch and that number could be equal up to 48 caps of Zohydro ER 50.
I can’t find anything that suggests that HCD has any bio-availability via IV route and the volume of the contents of the caps may be large enough that makes it hard to snort.
Sure there are going to be some people that want to “try” this “new drug”… we saw the same thing with Opana.. and the demand to abuse that drug eventually waned ..
And this too shall pass.. but.. in the mean while.. do we have the right to deny those chronic pain pts access to a drug that may help them to improve their quality of life ?
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