Thanks so much for posting this, Dr. Fudin. As an Ehlers-Danlos patient with a keen interest in science, it frustrates me when people can’t get their facts right. If Vicodin is the same thing as heroin, then we might as well say that Maxalt (rizatriptan benzoate) is the same thing as a tricyclic antidepressant because both can contribute to serotonin syndrome. The website for the PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire” outlined the chemical differences between different kinds of opiates quite clearly; interested readers might want to check it out. (I can’t find a link, though.) I have never taken hydrocodone, but I used to use Tylenol w/ codeine in the past for acute pain. Now that I live in New York, I can’t even get a prescription for that. As a result, I’ve had to make a prescription for 20 Tylenol 3 stretch over the course of a year and a half. Some people would be gracious and say that they would never wish their pain on their worst enemy, but if my enemy worked for the FDA, I certainly would. Maybe it would provoke a change of perspective. Thank you for your advocacy.
Another petition written and signed by a group of people who walk around with their heads up their arses or written by the drug companies themselves designed to do nothing more than get in our pocket. There is nothing about this so called opiod epidemic that is looking out for cronic pain patients. The drug companies have been Killing people for years with their scams, for years it’s been chemotherapy as they killed one after the other with that crap while paying the Doctors a healthy commission and that is what the cronic pain patents have to look forward to, nothing less. I wish you all the best as the scum sucking lying bastards are doing less than nothing to help us. My so called pain specialist cut my pain dose in half after I had been on it over a year and doing just fine. He cut it in half about 2 months after promising me he would not do that. I quit going there as I will not pay someone to lie to me and make me miserable all at the same time. There are other options out there and I found some of them and I wish the same for each of you. Leave no avenue unchecked and good luck.