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WASHINGTON — Activists on Friday delivered a parting gift to Scott Gottlieb, the outgoing Food and Drug Administration commissioner, at the entrance of a federal building here: an 800-pound, supersized heroin spoon stamped with the FDA’s logo.

The group urged FDA to stop approving “dangerous” opioids and to instead encourage the development of more drugs to treat addiction. Many protesters decried the November approval of Dsuvia, a mega-potent pain drug, and urged the Trump administration to nominate an FDA commissioner who would take a different tack than Gottlieb on opioid approvals.

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  • Illegal drugs are the problem. Tramadol by itself unless you take like half the bottle is not going to get you high.i take them everyday and drive and function fine but nerve pills and muscle relaxers make me sleep all day.with kids I csnt live like that.i have scoliosis and a slipt disc on my spine.without meds I cant walk and laying down hurts too. If these people knew what the pain was like they would not be blaming drs for can people think they know better than drs.this keeps up were going to see a huge decline in drs. Why be one if government controls what they do. If my meds are taken away I don’t want to live anymore in this pain.sad people care more about people that abuse the drugs than those that are killing themselves from the pain.people know illegal drugs kill so its their own fault for taking them.they will keep taking no matter the laws it’s illegal now and it’s still a problem.why go after the legal opioids that are needed.if these people felt half the pain I feel they would be begging for meds.

  • I am a chronic pain patient. I have tried everything under the sun, but my pain turned into Centralized pain from Fibromyalgia. I always worked through my pain, I used to be a plumber (besides steel errection it is the hardest job to do in the OSHA handbook). At 32 I felt my first day of Centralized pain, it went away and I have Poland Syndrome, which means my Pectoral Muscle is missing. My back is constantly trying to rip itself apart. I was put through a year of therapy by a Chiropractor, measured on a machine for strength in my limbs and I was told I could come to him everyday the rest of my life and never be better. At 42, I needed pain management the twisting of my spine and lower back injuries kept slowing me down. It gave me the ability to move again. Now I am 52 and my medications have been cut and I am on the highest doseage according to the MME chart. I have stopped taking my meds on a few occasions, I changed to Methadone to get away from Oxy yet I still have 4 instants for breakthrough pain per day. I can say this, the people taking scripts need to know that if you are high you are taking too much medication. Pain should be in the background waiting for you, twinge here and there, you will never be pain free. But it is for allowing for Mobility and lessening of your pain. Not to be HIGH. No one with a REAL pain managment doctor should be high except perhaps those being administered in a hospital setting for Cancer, Kidney Stones and other accute pain issues. Many people need EDUCATION. FENTANYL CAN KILL. HERION CAN KILL. Prescriptions dont kill unless you do not use the medication as your doctor says. Addiction kills as well but that is not part of prescriptions or caused by them. Prescriptions are tools, abuse the tools that is the person’s taking them fault. Willpower to say no helps keep you out of harms way. Deciding you need to abuse them, drink with them, take other meds without checking, that is your fault, so is illicit drugs. People who are addicted to substances will sometime in their life come across them. And they will abuse anything, gold paint, gasoline, transmission fluid, meth, heroin, oxy, Lyrica, video games, sex. It is a fact of life and sometimes of death. Quit blaming Drug makers and Doctors unless they are moving product outside legal channels. I have seen the FEDS raid doctors on very skimpy evidence, saying they are pill mills and I can say this if it is a regular doctor I understand. If it is a pain management doctor, how dare you. I find it repugnant. The 90MME chart is flawed and was spoken about by many pain managmement specialists. 2200 MME is the highest anyone living has been on in pain. So tell me how 90 is sufficient in all cases?

  • This is very personal to me and i know I’m not the only one that was lied to i was prescribed hydrocodone 13 yrs ago it made me sick and unable to function so my friend explained to me that drug was a opiate and i immediately went to the doc and asked him to put me on something that was non controlled substance and he handed me a package of 50 mlgs of ultram and it helped my neck pain and for two yrs i took it only as needed and i ended up inbemergency room on a wknd because i never asked for a refil and as it turned out i was experiencing withdrawls and that medicine is now a controlled substance in the state of Florida as of 4yrs ago and i have felt very betrayed by big pharma the fda they really need to b held accountable and my advice is to really do ur own research on any medicine if at all possible try to go to all natrual if at all possible stay safe and keep healthy out there to everyone that truly suffers from pain

  • Y cant the fda and everystate offer free medication that helps people who r sufforing from addiction and stop making them suffer more it’s very aparent we live in a corrupt system if they really want to solve this epidemic they created make them pay for the right meds to help the suffering we know y they just want to make more billions from the amaricans that just want to live normal lives

  • Tragically the country has an addiction problem that can’t be stopped unless draconian control of drugs from all sources, legal or not, are implemented. Can’t put all blame on pharma,FDA or any administration, gotta go back decades on this. You can always make a case for blame on companies and govt but where is people taking responsibility for own actions. Addiction is tragic no matter the reason but like alcohol and cigarettes someone chooses to keep using even though we all know the potential for disaster is well known.If we keep abusing stuff Human physiology will take over eventually ,then yer hooked. Stop drugs at the border, Drs overprescribing, illegal drug trade, people willingly and selfishly doing drugs, politicians doing nothing for decades! I suppose not much will change but people have to want to change before the bad stuff happens, it’s too late after! Beware, humans involved! Don’t hold your breath

  • How about being responsible for your own actions. It’s like suing a grocery store because I struggle with my weight. No, I should make better choices while I’m there.

  • Gottlieb goes crawling back from the rock he crawled out from under. He had nothing to add to the so called opiate epidemic, except for marketing a few more pharma products, and misinforming the public. It was probably the American Enterprise Institute that created and perpetrated Perdues marketing campaign anyway. In order to continue their false narrative the facts have to be avoided, and corporate interests need to be promoted.

    They took a serious public health issue and turned it into a corporate marketing scheme. America is in an epidemic of despair, and Gottlieb and his cronies are cashing in. They created a world of alternate facts, where beliefs are more important than facts. Why not turn a serious social problem into a marketing campaign, for more pharma products. The AEI did a really good job, demonizing sick people in order to present healthcare as a choice. Americans die every day because they did not have health insurance, or access to care. In the US even people with insurance are dying early, going bankrupt or unable to see a doctor. Up to half of the people dying from opiates are sick or have underlying health problems. The AEI undermined the ACA in order to protect industry profits, so a few dead people with addiction issues, are not a problem for them. They helped create this!

  • Dsuvia was approved when, 6 months ago? Despite the head of the advisory committee famously declaring diversion would be immediate, have there been any documented cases of diversion, misuse or overdose with it?
    The committee voted 10-3 for approval. While there may be other cases where they “overrule the objections of your expert advisory committees on opioids” this isn’t one of them.
    We have swung so far that after demonizing Rx opioids, we now even demonize the patients who need them to survive. There are more and more stories of patients managing severe pain long term with opioids committing suicide when their prescriber decides they won’t Rx anymore, and they are unable to find anyone who will.
    This isn’t to say we don’t still have a major public health crisis, or that Rx opioids weren’t a major contributor, but if you check CDC data from the last couple of years, I believe you’ll see overdose from illegal opioids have surged past ones from Rx opioids. It’s time to find equilibrium.

  • There needs to a be an answer to the drug abuse problems that does not harm chronic pain patients.
    I agree this is a mess but I blame the drug crisis on boredom and unsupervised young people, not people who got prescription opiates for perfectly valid reasons.
    There is no need to make a group of mostly older, disabled and suffering people do without the pain medication they desperately need. There is no need to force surgical patients to scream in agony for want of proper pain control. That is what is happening. This is hysteria of the worse kind. Until there is a better answer to pain control, opiates still have a place in our society.
    Do not forget people are personally responsible for what they do. Addiction does not just sneak up on you one day. Addiction is an illness but also is a choice. One chooses what to put in their bodies. I have been in surgery 28 times, was on powerful opiates for over a year. I did not become an addict, not once. Every time, I merely tapered as I didn’t need pain meds and never had a problem getting off them. Some people do, but it’s still is a choice.
    Now there are millions of people out there suffering, contemplating suicide because they are being force tapered, or stripped of the only medication that will make their lives bearable. It is horrible.
    I hope and pray the new FDA commissioner will look into both problems. Life has gotten very scary.

    • I understand. I had three failed neck sugerys in 94 95 96 and now have bone on bone Dr on t4 to s1 I was on 4 different opiates at the same time also anxiety meds and sezophenia for 10 + Years and was able to work. Then I got saciatia two DAMANGED NERVES IN LOWER back and two DAMANGED nerves in neck , raidoaprhy I cut myself off of all two years ago down to Percocet 10 mg. April 1 I quit pain management and Percocet now I do edibles with thc it kills my pain and all my mental problems
      My point is people are suffering from Dr scared to write scripts. I now can barley walk only get out of house to Dr appt or grocery shopping no family outings nothing
      Instead of making drugs to help JUNKIES make some new pain meds without opiates that’s not addictive and really work
      I have said to much

    • Exactly,
      Addiction is a choice. Punishing 99% of patients who use their medications responsibly for the 1% who do not use them responsibly is careless. And the CDC admitting their algorithms were incorrect and deaths are counted twice when multiple drugs are involved. Come on. Also cdc report on “millions committing suicide have chronic pain”. Do you not see what is happening? Also, cancer is exempt, but in all your “numbers”, how many people taking opioids have a cancer diagnosis? Are you excluding them?
      Guess what? Cancer patients can’t even get opioids right now. Chronic pain patients can’t get opioids, patients in the hospital after MAJOR surgery can’t get opioids.
      Do you realize what is happening?
      I hope all of you need medicine at some point, and can’t get it.
      Then maybe, you will see what you have done to all of us.
      It is scary. I’m scared for my children.
      I’m scared to to go the hospital.
      I hope and pray I don’t get in a car accident, or need surgery.
      God bless us all.
      We are all screwed.
      All because addicts chose to abuse drugs, now we ( legitimate patients) pay the price.
      It’s like suing McDonald’s for making America fat, or the NRA for mass shootings, or big tobacco for all cancers.

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