What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

What Makes Zohydro Dangerous?

Zohydro is 10 times more powerful than hydrocodone

In the fall of 2013, federal regulators in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of prescription Zohydro. To illustrate how dangerous the drug is, state officials are already looking to ban the sale of it after it has been on the market for a handful of months. So, what is Zohydro, and why is it so dangerous?

The word “powerful” does not do Zohydro justice, as it contains up to 10 times the amount of hydrocodone as other common painkillers. The need for a painkiller this powerful stems from chronic and excruciating conditions that have not responded to traditional painkillers. Manufacturers boast of Zohydro’s major benefit as the only acetaminophen-free hydrocodone painkiller. It is available for extended and daily use, and, unlike other painkillers with acetaminophen, it is less likely to cause severe liver toxicity and damage.

The clear potential for danger is how potent the drug is. It is pure hydrocodone, and it could kill a child that accidentally swallows a capsule. So far the drug has no addiction safeguards, meaning it is not diluted with other elements, so there are little to no vices for abusing it. The drug comes in an easy-to-crush capsule, allowing individuals to easily snort, smoke or inject the drug to achieve almost instant effects. This potential for abuse makes timed-release components ineffective, and users can consume basically, pure heroin at its full strength. Anyone who is not accustomed to using opioids will likely encounter adverse side effects, including death.

Overdose, tolerance, dependence and addiction are all major and completely warranted concerns of Zohydro. The strength that this little capsule has will provide euphoric and sedating effects that are so strong that both medical and recreational users can build tolerance and physical dependence very quickly. Even the FDA agrees that Zohydro is extremely addictive, so strict safety measures must be enforced when doctors prescribe the drug.

Zohydro abuse can cause several side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, mental confusion, lethargy, nausea, impaired motor coordination and addiction. Because the drug contains so much pure hydrocodone, abusing it can also cause life-threatening effects, such as respiratory depression, heart failure, memory problems, coma and death.

Opioid abuse, addiction and overdose are significant problems in the US. Drugs containing hydrocodone work directly in the brain, so with extended use or abuse the brain will chemically alter its function to accommodate the drug. In other words, the brain becomes dependent upon the drug, which keeps people  continually using drugs even if they do not want to. When tolerance builds, users require larger doses to experience euphoria or sedation, so they increase their dosage, or they resort to more intense methods of use, such as crushing the pill to snort or inject it. With how powerful Zohydro is, any form of abuse almost guarantees an addiction or overdose.

Several treatment options manage chronic pain, so, if you or a loved one struggles with Zohydro abuse or addiction, then call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to address your questions and to provide information about the drug. If you are looking for addiction recovery services, we can help you find the programs and professionals that are right for your unique needs.