Massachusetts Bans New Zohydro Painkiller

Other states take measures to make it harder for doctors to prescribe the pain drug.
3:00 | 04/05/14

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We turn now, though, to the backlash against a new painkillers. It hit the market just last month. Already Massachusetts has banned the prescribing and the dispen dispensing of this drug. Vermont issued an emergency order to make it harder for doctors to prescribe this drug. Let's brin in Dr. Jennifer Ashton with more on this. Good morning. Good morning, guys. So we talk about this drug when it came out last month. What's so different about it and why is it so easy to abuse. You have to remember the premise of medicine is to do no harm. When you talk about a drug like this, I'm not sure the benefits outweigh the risks. This is pure, powerful narcotic. It does not contain seed men fin. It stays in the body longer. It's igniting a fire storm of controversy. The fda did approve it. There must be some benefits, right? Yeah, Dan. The benefits -- this is another big tool in the arsenal against chronic pain which affects 1 in 3 Americans. This is not for short-term usage. For use more than three months. The big thing with this drug, zohydro, it doesn't contain seed min fin, overdose accidentally when taking with narcotic is the leading cause of acute liver failure in this country. That's potentially a huge benefit. We should mention that the maker of the drug says they'll set up a board of experts to review. What can we expect them to review? You told me off camera that this is really an American problem. Absolutely. We use more than 99% of the world's narcotics here in this country. The risks with this, which are the risks of all of this class of medication, it has a very high potential for abuse, very high potential for misuse and accidental overdose and addiction. So, they are going to be looking at this very, very carefully. The big opponents to this drug have a problem with the fact that it doesn't contain any abuse deteernts. Therefore it can be crushed, inhaled, injected. That's the last thing we need with this class of medication because misuse is already a massive problem. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Proceed with caution. Work with your doctors on this. Absolutely. Thank you. We turn now to the bizarre

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