By Bill Maher
Zohydro is the new OxyContin, and it’s coming to a pop star near you. Despite being voted down by the FDA’s own medical advisory board, Zohydro has been approved for use by the FDA. It contains five to ten times more of the heroin-like opioid hydrocodone than Vicodin, which is good news for Rob Ford and bad news for the tens of thousands of Americans who become statistics.
Drug overdose death rates in the U.S. have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. The CDC has released data showing that prescription painkillers amount to the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history, responsible for over 16,000 deaths in 2010 alone.
From Mother Jones:
Zohydro's manufacturer, Zogenix, disregarded FDA recommendations that opioid painkillers include a gel-like plastic preventing them from being crushed and snorted; the drug is meant to be used by cancer patients, but was never widely tested on those patients; and during the study's trial run, 2 of 575 test subjects are believed to have committed suicide, one by hoarding the drug and overdosing after the study was over.
Times have changed. Doctors are the new drug dealers. America’s kids and soldiers are getting hooked. Every illegal drug that you used to be able to buy on the streets can now be obtained with a note from your doctor. Adderall is cocaine, OxyContin is heroin, Vicodin is morphine. So ask your doctor if drug abuse is right for you.
If the FDA can go against its own recommendations to release a newer, more addictive hillbilly heroin, what’s the hold up with legalizing weed?