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New painkiller in development troubling to enforcement officials

A new painkiller is in the works, and if successfully created, it would be the one of most powerful to ever hit the market... which automatically raises a red flag for Operation UNITE's Law Enforcement Director Dan Smoot.

Smoot actually believes drug companies and doctors are part of the reason so many people are addicted to pain killers. Prior to the Florida "pill pipeline," Smoot says hydrocodone was one of the most sought-after drugs in the area and if this new drug makes it to market he fears it will gain even more popularity.

Drug companies say patients on this medicine would be closely monitored to help prevent addiction, but Smoot believes that's just a sound bite. Officials say the 100% pure hydrocodone medication would be ten times stronger than medicines like Vicodin. However, the FDA would have to approve the medicine before it ever hits the market. Oxycodone is currently the most abused medicine in the United States, but hydrocodone is next in line as the nation's second most-abused drug.

Filed under: Kentucky | Prescription pill abuse | Around the region


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