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Local health leaders concerned after FDA approves powerful opioid

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new, very powerful opioid drug. Nu, noen som jobber…

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Federal Drug Administration has approved a new, very powerful opioid drug. Nu, noen som jobber tæt med opioidafhængighed og overdoser har bekymringer.

It’s called Dsuvia. It’s an opioid drug that is 1,000 times stronger than morphine and 10 times stronger than fetanyl, which is the opioid commonly seen in overdoses today.

“We are in the midst of an opioid crisis and Lafayette is not immune to that,” said Darrell Clase, Director of the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service.

When Jason Padgett from Home With Hope was asked if he thought the FDA will be able to keep Dsuvia out of the hands of those who would use it negatively, his answer was clear.

“No, I do not. Ever, “he said.

” We are consistently, one to three times a day, called to overdose here in Tippecanoe County, “said Clase.

Padgett works to help those who battle this disease through the recovery process.

“I just got a call on my way here that one of my friends overdosed and died last night and that makes three in the Lafayette area in the past 72 hours,” he said.

So naturally, both are concerned about the direction Dsuvia will take.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement earlier this week trying to address some of the concerns about the drug.

“The FDA has made it a high priority to ensure that our soldiers have access to treatments that meet the unique needs of the battlefield,” said his statement in part. [1

9659002] But giving wounded soldiers could lead to a slippery slope. According to a study in 2014, 15% of veterans regularly used opioids, a rate that is much higher than the general population.

Although Padgett said this drug can get in the wrong hands, he still sees the other side of the coin.

“As a United States Marine, when I can see Dsuvia will be used to help those on the battlefield, I have to say there is some merit to that,” he said. “We punish the rest of the

“Folk trenger bolig, de har behov for at kunne støtte deres familier, har en hensikt in life, “he said.” Until we start teaching people how to parent, how to address their emotional and psychological issues. This is how we fight addiction. “

Clase is the one answering all the calls for help and administering recovery drugs such as Narcan and Naloxone.

“If a medicine of this sort was to hit the streets it would pose significant challenges for the EMS world, “he said.

He said it is unknown if Narcan and Naloxone would be able to revive someone who had overdosed on Dsuvia.

” We already have a limited mengden af ​​ressourcer til at behandle disse menneskene og at tilføje noget til blandingen. Jeg tror bare fortsætter med at skabe flere udfordringer, “sagde han.” Hvis vi kunne kontrollere hvad der allerede er sket, ville det være en anden historie, men indtil det sker, jeg føler “We are fighting a losing battle.”

He said if Dsuvia should become more widespread, he and his team will be as proactive as possible.

“It is something we would seek training on,” he said. Forhåpentligvis ville det ikke være tilfelle, da det bare skulle være brukt i en helseomsorg, men vi bare aldri vet hva som kan skje. “

Padgett sagde at der er mange ting i Lafayette for å skabe en positiv gjenopprettelsesmiljø.

“The Opioid Task Force is working t Opportunity to create a recovery community organization, Workforce One is helping people get jobs at Caterpillar and SIA, “he said.” They are the kinds of things that change people’s lives. “

They recently received a grant to form a quick response team, comprised of one EMS person and one certified addictions peer recovery person who will go out and talk to anybody within 72 hours who has overdosed and opted to not seek further help.

Padgett said that team should be up and running by early December.

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