A New Opioid That is FDA Approved
It’s hard to ignore the opioid crisis that is overcoming the U.S. and much of the responsibility of it all lays in the over-prescription of opioids. Despite the growing concern over opioids, the FDA has now approved a new opioid that is 10 times stronger than Fentanyl and 1,000 times more potent than morphine; Dsuvia. Dsuvia Sufentanil is a narcotic that is prescribed to treat pain and holds a high dependency and addiction rate.
The drug has been a controversial one and one that has been up for debate before its approval by the Food and Drug Administration. This is because Opioids are causing nearly 120 deaths per day across the nation which is essentially the cause of the epidemic that is present current day. While the FDA is always making public health a priority, there is no denying the fact that opioid addiction is rampant throughout the U.S. and the careless prescribing of these highly addictive drugs needs to end.
How is Dsuvia Taken?
The drug can only be administered by a healthcare provider in a supervised healthcare environment. Dsuvia is administered by putting it under the tongue via a re-fillable, one time use applicator. This type of administration is ideal for those who cannot swallow oral medications or for those who are not good candidates for intravenous.
It’s imperative that individuals only take Dsuvia under doctors orders as this medication has the potential to be life-threatening when not taken properly. As with all prescription medication, taking sufentanil has its fair share of side effects. Some of the typical side effects that patients will face are:
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Renal impairment
The Dangers of Opioids
Taking opioids poses a huge health hazard, especially for those who abuse this class of drug. Opioids hold a high dependency and addiction rate which make them one of the most dangerous prescription drugs available on the market. As soon as an individual is addicted to opioids, it takes a professional treatment program in order to overcome this addiction.
Being on opioids is not a long-term solution and can be more hazardous than helpful. Despite knowing very well the consequences of prescribing of painkillers, doctors continue to prescribe them to patients carelessly. The most widely abused opioids available on the market are:
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids, it’s important that they seek the help of a professional treatment program today. Since prescription opioids run out, there is no guarantee that your healthcare provider will continue to prescribe these medications to you. Unfortunately, too many individuals are already dependent or addicted to opioids by the time their prescription runs out and this is when they turn to illicit substances.
Turning to illicit street drugs such as heroin in order to fill the void is extremely dangerous and can be fatal. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, getting immediate help is essential.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.