The FDA Approved OxyContin for Kids Age 11

To hear firsthand that the FDA is now approving powerful and extremely addictive pharmaceutical opioids to children ages eleven and older is a little bit of a shocker. But that is exactly what has happened. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of OxyContin for children. Now, family doctors and pediatricians can openly prescribe one of the most addictive drugs in the world to children. That sounds just a little bit counterintuitive doesn’t it?

And let’s not forget that OxyContin has resulted in more overdose deaths than any other opioid drug. Let’s not forget that, since the turn of the century, more than four-hundred-thousand Americans have died from overdoses on pharmaceutical opioids that were supposed to be helpful and beneficial for us. This is just a little bit ridiculous that these drugs are now being sanctioned for use on children, even if the regulations governing their use are quite strict.

OxyContin, Controversial at Best

According to Dr. Sharon Hertz, an employee of the Food and Drug Administration and the Director of Analgesia, Anesthesia, and Addiction Products for the FDA had this to say about Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin:

  • “Studies by Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Connecticut, which manufactures the drug, supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients.”

Dr. Hertz went on to say that:

  • “We are always concerned about the safety of our children, particularly when they are ill and require medications and when they are in pain. OxyContin is not intended to be the first opioid drug used in pediatric patients, but the data show that changing from another opioid drug to OxyContin is safe if done properly.”

So there’s someone who supports the notion of drugging children, but let’s not forget that the Purdue Pharma that Dr. Hertz is referring to is the same Purdue Pharma that has lost tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits due to patients’ adverse reactions to Purdue’s products. Purdue Pharma has arguably come under more attacks and legal battles and implications than any other pharmaceutical group, all thanks to their addictive and potentially deadly pharmaceuticals.

Why would anyone want to take a drug that had such a huge risk for addiction? And beyond that, why would anyone want to give that same drug to a child? It’s ludicrous.

Both Oxycodone and OxyContin are highly addictive drugs, even though abuse-deterrent versions of both drugs are prominent today. Unfortunately, the drugs are still addictive, and addicts still get ahold of them and misuse them. OxyContin is not a drug we should be giving to children, not under any circumstance. The only scenario where the use of any type of pain reliever is appropriate for kids is when kids are in a hospital undergoing a procedure or immediately afterward when they are still in the hospital recovering from one. For day-to-day health conditions that create pain phenomena, parents need to find better solutions for their kids.

How to Properly Treat Pain Problems in Children

Kids are going to struggle with pain from time to time, and when they do, they need to be treated for that pain. But giving kids the same drugs that kill tens of thousands of Americans every year is about as foolish as one can get. Young people are already at extremely increased risk of falling prey to addiction, and giving our sons and daughters highly addictive pharmaceuticals very early on in life is inviting a serious addiction risk later on in life.

Luckily for parents, there are many avenues for accomplishing pain relief in their kids, avenues that do not involve doping their kids up on highly addictive and potentially life-threatening medications. There are many natural, holistic, and alternative approaches to pain relief that are workable for kids and adults alike:

  • Ginseng
  • Boswellia
  • Willow Bark
  • Kava Kava
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Capsaicin
  • Valerian Root
  • Magnesium
  • Cats Claw

This is just a brief glimpse at some of the natural herbs and supplements and minerals that parents can give their kids to help reduce their pain. These remedies work for children and adults alike and can treat a wide range of pain phenomena. And if an herb or supplement is not enough, there are other approaches, such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, creams and salves, nerve support formulas, etc. that parents can utilize. In fact, there are a veritable plethora of different pain relief opportunities for children and adults alike, and these should absolutely be capitalized on.

Parents need not do what the media, what the FDA, or what the pharmaceutical industry tells them to do. And doctors that recommend giving children the same drugs that kill thousands of Americans every year should be questioned as to their levels of understanding on the drugs they are prescribing. Parents can take different routes, and parents can use pain relief options for their kids that are not addictive and dangerous.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/treating-pain-children

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/natural-pain-relief-9-alternatives-to-ibuprofen-acetaminophen-or-aspirin-wr6U0siusUyUP4MsZ8dwig/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/09/04/heres-what-two-top-fda-officials-have-to-say-about-approving-oxycontin-for-children-in-severe-pain/

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