Zohydro Painkiller Could Lead to Heroin Addiction
According to Dr. Oz there’s a new painkiller called Zohydro that is so addictive that it has been found to drive patients to heroin addiction.
“Today, a big change in the medical community that has me scared—I’m talking about a new prescription painkiller so addictive that dealers are already giving it street names. It’s called ‘Zohydro,’ says Dr. Oz as he tells viewers why they should be concerned about this new potent painkiller that their doctor may prescribe for them for treating their back pain.
Zohydro is a concentrated pure form of the opioid-based painkiller hydrocodone that is well known for its ability to effectively dull serious pain. Although FDA-approved, this new painkiller has many in the medical community worried because it is expected to further increase the number of patient overdose deaths that has quadrupled since 1999.
“This drug is so controversial that doctors across America are urging the FDA to reverse the approval to release it on the market,” says Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz explains that the attraction of many hydrocodone painkillers is that they not only dull pain, but also cause feelings of euphoria. Vicodin and Lortab are two popular painkiller examples of which each contains 10 milligrams of hydrocodone. Zohydro, however, is much more potent containing 50 milligrams of hydrocodone. In other words, taking a single Zohydro capsule is equivalent to popping 5 Vicodins.
“Zohydro is virtually pure hydrocodone,” says Dr. Oz.
With Dr. Oz is special guest Sanjay Gupta, M.D. chief medical correspondent for CNN who tells viewers that it can be a difficult balancing act when deciding between the benefits of pain relief over the risk of addiction. He tells viewers that the U.S. is the number one user and abuser of pain medications.
“Eighty percent of the World’s pain medications are consumed in this country―we like our pills in this country and we go to them very, very quickly. Accidental death from prescription overdoses is more than that of car accidents in terms of preventable deaths in this country. So, we are paying the consequences for having so many of these pills out there,” says Dr. Gupta.
Dr. Oz tells viewers that one way Zohydro is abused by some people is by crushing the pill into a powder that is absorbed very quickly into the bloodstream in what could be a lethal dose for that person.