The status of opioids is evolving as the DEA, and other government offices recognize the epidemic crisis facing America.
Recently, Kratom, an herb that possesses opioid properties and offers relief from depression, pain and anxiety, made its way onto the DEA hit list. Now, citizens and regulators are engaged in a battle over whether this centuries-old herb is a health risk.
Kratom is usually found in a green powder form. It is a member of the coffee family, called mitragyna. The DEA is investigating whether it is addictive and deadly because it has shown up in toxicology reports for some people that have overdosed and died.
Critics of the proposed DEA ban say that it showed up because it is used in conjunction to help people get off heroin and opioids, but the government is skeptical of those claims. The DEA will be further investigating if Kratom should be classified as an opioid and pulled off the shelves.
This long-time prescription narcotic has contributed to many people turning to heroin. The maker of this potent drug, Purdue, has reached an agreement and will no longer market the medication to doctors.
The world’s top-selling narcotic painkiller has brought in billions in revenue for the privately held pharmaceutical company. They are now selling a longer-acting opioid medication called Hysingla.
Purdue issued a statement that they have reduced their sales staff by more than half and no longer will market directly to doctors’ offices. Their remaining sales staff will focus on marketing other medications.
This drug has risen to become a deadly killer. It’s an opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and has rapidly gained widespread appeal as a street drug. It goes by the names Fentora, Sublimaze and Duragesic. It’s also available as a pill, patch, spray or lozenge and is usually used after surgery to treat severe pain.
Unfortunately, Fentanyl overdoses are rapidly increasing across the U.S. This is mostly in part because it is mixed with or substituted for heroin. The risk of overdose dramatically increases in people that are not aware that a pill or powder they take contains fentanyl.
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