Concerns about generic painkillers increase

Concerns About Generic PainkillersThe White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently sent an alert to law enforcement, particularly along the Canadian border, warning them that Canada had approved non-abuse resistant generic versions of oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and about 40 other painkillers.

“ONDCP expects companies will begin offering these generics without the abuse-resistant features in Canadian pharmacies within the next month,” according to the alert.

The letter warned of the potential for these generics to show up here in the United States, where they are no longer available.

Prescription painkillers have killed more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says the United States is in the throes of a public health epidemic fueled by highly addictive prescription painkiller overdoses.

Approximately 12 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using prescription painkillers recreationally in 2010, according to the CDC. In fact, enough were prescribed to medicate every American adult around the clock for a month.

Full story of generic painkillers at CNN Health

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