Growing Epidemic Now? ‘Addicted’ Americans Are Now Harming Their Pets To Get Opioids

Growing Epidemic Now? ‘Addicted’ Americans Are Now Harming Their Pets To Get Opioids

‘Addicted’ Americans Are Now Harming Their Pets To Get Opioids

In a recent statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., he said the opioid epidemic and the misuse and abuse of these drugs remains his highest priority. As the crisis evolves, he said it is vital that the agency take an in-depth look at all the access points where these medications can be purchased.

Gottlieb raised the alarm about one-way people might access opioids: their pets. It seems as people are now stealing pain medication intended for man’s best friend.

“We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals – just as they do for people. But just like the opioid medications used in humans, these drugs have potentially serious risks, not just for the animal patients, but also because of their potential to lead to addiction, abuse and overdose in humans who may divert them for their own use,” Gottlieb said in the statement.

‘Addicted’ Americans Are Now Harming Their Pets To Get Opioids

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