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In a surprise move that won't please Endo Pharmaceuticals, newly-appointed FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the agency is asking drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid painkiller Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) from the market. "We are facing an opioid epidemic - a…

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reported on the devastation Opana ER was causing. We described the checkered history of Numorphan, Opana and oxymorphone, and how it now was causing a new wave of overdose deaths and the spread of HIV and Hep-C – possibly the worst outbreaks in over a decade. We told how Opana ER had become the favorite among prescription opioid injection abusers in Indiana and the Appalachian states.

Since then, some federal and state agencies have been working on it, but until now we haven’t heard from the FDA.

So when Scott Gottlieb took over the reins at the FDA a couple of weeks ago and announced that his major priority would be to do whatever the FDA can to combat the opioid epidemic, we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

Well, it appears that Gottlieb is a man of his word. We’re happy to see that one of the major players in diverted prescription opioids soon may be off the market – a market already glutted with far more opioid painkillers than are needed.

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All the noise we keep hearing about “ending the failed war on drugs” and decriminalizing drugs as the solution to the addiction epidemic is just that – so much noise. In fact, decriminalization doesn’t guarantee less drug use and addiction to illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine and…

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Yet another study (there have been many) shows that methadone replacement therapy for opioid addicts can lower HIV and hepatitis infection rates. The latest study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, was carried out in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where methadone…

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When the prescription opioid painkiller Numorphan in pill form was taken off the market 36 years ago in 1979, most people working in addiction treatment breathed a sigh of relief. Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, Numorphan (generic name oxymorphone) was seen to be responsible for countless…

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The small and almost unknown town of Austin, Indiana – population 4,200 – is the center of the worst surge in cases of HIV and Hepatitis C in state history. And the epidemic is stemming entirely from one drug – Opana ER extended release oxymorphone – being injected with shared…

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How a street cat named Bob saved James Bowen from a lonely, hopeless life of addiction From the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, James Bowen was a homeless heroin addict scratching out a living of sorts on the rough streets of London. James managed to keep himself alive as a “busker”, a street…

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Have you noticed any change in the behavior of your doctor lately? Or any of his staff? If you answered “Yes” you might be looking at some side effects of prescription drug abuse, dependence or addiction. USA Today has published the results of a nationwide survey that found at least 100,000…

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In a Vancouver Sun guest column earlier this week, Philip Owen, the former mayor of Vancouver, Canada, makes a good case for treating illicit substance abusers for their addictions instead of jailing. And he should know: when he took office in 1993 the city was awash in drugs and crime and it was…

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THE ALCOHOL PROBLEM The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says: 8.5 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder; 1.1 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol disorder and a drug disorder; Men were more…

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Heroin is one of the best known drugs of abuse. When you mention heroin, most people think of a person who hasn't bathed or combed their hair in weeks lying on a dirty mattress with a needle stuck in their arm. In this article we are going to look at what heroin is, the way it is sold, the health…

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