It’s not a new drug. It’s been around since the 1980’s, but it has only been given intravenously.
About two weeks ago, the FDA approved for companies to make the drug in pill form and says it will only be used in medical care settings. It could be available as early as January.
First responders say it will be very dangerous if it hits the streets and health advocates who help addicts say more people could die if it does.
“With an even more powerful drug, the results would be even more devastating and more people could die than the more than 1,000 already who died this year alone,” said InterCommunity COO, Tyler Booth.
“Dsuvia in effect is a new menace if it reaches the streets. The first use can cause death,” said Blumenthal, (D).
The East Hartford Police Department has a prescription drug drop off box to try and curb the opioid epidemic. It’s where anyone can get rid of unwanted drugs, no questions asked.
Blumenthal wants the FDA to reverse it’s decision.
The FDA put out a statement saying this new drug was a priority for the Pentagon. So soldiers could have a quick pain killer without an IV.
For the FDA’s FULL statement, click here.