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New drug raises concerns locally
Painkiller Zohydro ER has medical professionals on edge
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A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse. Zohydro ER was approved in October 2013 for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, long-term treatment when alternative treatments have proven inadequate. It will be the only pill on the market that contains hydrocodone, an opioid found in common pain medicines such as Vicodin and Lortab, without additives and in an extended release formula.