Senator Joe Manchin Calls For Government Ban Of Painkiller Zohydro

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March 13, 2014 AT 3:45 PM
On Thursday Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia submitted a bill demanding that the Food and Drug Administration rescind its approval of the painkiller Zohydro. A growing coalition of critics believe that Zohydro could become the next Oxycontin in the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. The “Act to Ban Zohydro,” as Manchin suggested calling it, offers a 13-point argument as to why the drug is simply too dangerous. One of the main points in the bill is that deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled from more than 4,000 in 1999 to 16, 651 in 2010.