READERS SOUND OFF!                   Should Vicodin and other hydrocodone products be harder to get?

READERS SOUND OFF! Should Vicodin and other hydrocodone products be harder to get?

bigstock-young-woman-shouting-with-a-me-33045809Last week legislation was introduced in Congress that would place tighter restrictions on Vicodin and other painkillers containing hydrocodone.

Currently classified as Schedule III drugs, hydrocodone combination products would be reclassified under the bill as Schedule II medications – the same category as OxyContin, another powerful opioid painkiller.

If the “Safe Prescribing Act of 2013” is enacted, prescriptions for hydrocodone products would be limited to a 30-day supply. Two 30-day refills would be allowed after that, but pain patients must then see a doctor to get their prescriptions renewed.

How do you feel about the bill? Would it change your life? Would it help reduce addiction and deaths from prescription drug abuse?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Authored by: Pat Anson, Editor

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Andy Lastname

Hydrocodone is no more dangerous or addictive than any other opioid. The only real difference is that it is easier to get because it is a schedule two medication, which makes sense since it is a very weak opioid medicine. I firmly believe that hydrocodone should remain a schedule three medicine. It is a lifesaver for people who are in severe pain and cannot get a pain management specialist appointment soon enough. It is also a good medicine for post operative pain. Hydrocodone saves patients, who have recently had surgery, time and money. The U.S already loses hundreds of billions of dollars a year in productivity to chronic pain. Rescheduling hydrocodone will make this figure even worse. It will also add stress and undue burden to the people in pain who can’t see a pain specialist for a few weeks because of the doctor being booked.

Almost every patient who is appropriately prescribed and appropriately uses medicines like hydrocodone will not become addicted. Addiction is rare in patients with real pain. Just because a few drug addicts abuse a medicine is not a good reason to restrict it or ban it. Why should we punish the many for the few? The arguments for restricting/banning medicines like hydrocodone are based on emotion. There is no scientific or medical reason for doing so.

I have chronic pain and living with it is a nightmare and far more hellish than living with a drug addict. I would trade anything to be healthy again. I’m more than willing to trade my chronic pain to live with a drug addict. Constant and severe physical pain is far far worse than the emotional pain created by drug addicts. Drug addicts and their relatives should have no say in how opioid medicines are treated. Real physical pain is far more serious than pure emotional pain. At least it is possible for drug addicts to be cured or go into remission. Most chronic pain patients don’t have that luxury.

John McCarter

The US consumes 99% of the world;s supply of hydrocodone right now. The drug is banned from medical use and is considered in the same class as heroin in most European countries, because it is felt to be so highly addictive. It seems to me to be particularly bad about producing rapid tolerance and craving in many patients, who clamor for larger numbers of tablets and higher dosages. It is a bad problem. I am not opposed to making it a schedule II controlled substance, perhaps even a schedule I. There are alternative pain treatments.

Ted

Hydrocodone is unbelievably addictive. Insane. Anyone who lives with a hydrocodone addict will know how hellish life is. This stuff needs to be as difficult to get as possible.

nancy

it’s hard to get meds from doctors. they treat you like you want to be in pain. it’s easy to get these drugs on the street then your own doctor.

Mark S. Barletta

If hydrocodone becomes a Schedule II medication doctors and dentist will not be able to call in a 3 day supply until the patient can be seen.
This would put people with a abscessed tooth in a great deal of pain if a dentist can not call in a 3 day supply of hydrocodone.
The only other medication left that a doctor would be able to call in is codeine. And a lot of people have side effects to this medication.
Hydrocodone is considered the middle of the line pain medication that last 4 hours. Making this medication harder to get will cause a great deal of problems and all refills will be eliminated. A patient will have to see a doctor every time hydrocodone is filled and people with low income can not afford to see a doctor every month.

Regards,
Mark S. Barletta