Don’t take opioids off the market. Make it harder to abuse them.
How can we combat the opioid epidemic?
One of the government’s most recent suggestions is to take Opana ER, an opioid indicated for very severe pain, off the market. The request, filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, was linked to concerns of abuse-related HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks.
But removing access to opioids altogether isn’t the solution. There are individuals …