FDA Approves Oxycontin for Kids
The use of the prescription narcotic Oxycontin for children as young as eleven has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This is true only with patients that are already “responding to, and tolerating a minimum opioid dose equal to at least 20 mg of oxycodone per day before they can be prescribed an equivalent dose of OxyContin”. The drug was already being prescribed to children by physicians, they were doing so based upon research that pertained only to adults. While the FDA maintains that this approval is not intended to change the way that the drug is prescribed or used, many have concerns about the possible outcomes.
An extended-release version of the painkiller Oxycodone, Oxycontin and the company that produces it, Purdue Pharma are no strangers to news headlines. In 2007, three of the Purdue Pharma’s top executives plead guilty to misleading regulators, doctors and patients as to the addictive nature of the drug and were fined to the tune of $600 million. The FDA banned the original formula and generics based upon the original, which brought about a new “uncrushable” version in 2010. Despite this safe-guard it was 2013’s most abused prescription drug, and now this pediatric approval arrives due to information that was provided by studies conducted by none other than Purdue Pharma itself.
Doctors who advocate the pediatric use point out that many candidates are terminally ill. They are in need of the most potent pain relief with what time they have left and in no danger of addiction. Other patients need only take the medication through the most intense periods of recovery from spinal surgeries and severe trauma. Under the strict guidance of physicians the real danger is not likely to linger inside the hospital walls, but once the medication reaches homes and is attainable by other residents.
Heroin use has been on the rise, and one of these rising demographics is that of young people with a history of prescription drug abuse. According to the most recent of studies from the Center for Behavioral Health Studies and Quality, nearly eighty percent of new heroin users reported having previously abused prescription pain medication. As the street price for prescription meds such as Oxycontin go up, many find a cheaper alternative in readily available heroin. If you or someone close to you is in danger of becoming a statistic, rest assured they make statistics about recovery too. Next Generation Village implements a multi-disciplinary approach to drug treatment and continues to be with you every step of the way. It’s about creating a new life one without the burden of addiction and instilling freedom and health.