No More Percocet or Vicodin?

Posted: July 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

If a federal advisory panel has its way Percocet and Vicodin will both be banned.  Apparently the geniuses are on a tirade against acetaminophen. Both Percocet and Vicodin combine acetaminophen with another narcotic – and so do 7 other prescription drugs that will be banned if this agency gets its way. And these idiots aren’t just after the good painkillers. No, they have a problem with Tylenol and Excedrine as well.

It’s no secret that high doses of acetaminophen aren’t good for you. Taking too much acetaminophen can damage your liver. That’s why we have these standards in place to tell us what the maximum dosage of things should be. And the maximum daily dosage of acetaminophen is 4,000 milligrams. Of course, the panel wants to reduce that amount to less than 4,000 milligrams. They also want to reduce the highest amount of acetaminophen allowed per over the counter pill from 500 milligrams to 325 milligrams. I’m sorry, that’s going to accomplish what exactly? It sure as hell isn’t going to reduce the amount of acetaminophen people take. If anything, the panel has basically just guaranteed that people will take more. If you normally take one 500mg pill and now the highest dosage pill is 325mg you’re probably going to take two pills. So instead of taking 500mg you’ve now taken 650mg. Way to go geniuses! They did manage to vote against (barely, by only 3 votes!) limiting the number of pills allowed per bottle. Like that would have managed to do a damn thing anyway. Fucking morons!

It seriously amazes me that these idiots are so bound and determined to limit acetaminophen use, and ban much needed painkillers in the process. According to the New York Times article “more than 400 people die and 42,000 are hospitalized every year in the United States from overdoses.” Ummm, ok. I fail to see what the big deal is. Alcohol abuse kills more than 75,000 people each year but we don’t ban alcohol. Cigarettes kill more than 400,000 people each year, and we don’t ban them either. I think the people on this panel need to focus on actual problems and stop trying to create something out of nothing. And leave our damn painkillers alone!

  1. Kaye says:

    Great argument sweetie. Especially with the alcohol and smoking numbers. I guess the there’s no lobbyists for acetaminophen yet 🙂 And what would our drug seekers in the hospital do without their Percs?

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