Drug recovery coach worries about impact of powerful new opioid

FLINT (WJRT)- (11/06/18)- As a recovery coach at the Flint Odyssey House, Denise Terryah has seen and heard just about everything when it comes to drug addiction, so not a whole lot phases her anymore.

That is, until she heard the announcement this week by the Food and Drug Administration. The approval of a powerful new painkiller.

"I'm appalled, I was shocked" said recovery coach, Denise Terryah.

The new opioid is being labeled by the FDA as a fast acting alternative to IV painkillers.

It's expected to be a thousand times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl. It's to be used in hospitals only and not available in pharmacies for home use.

"They are saying that it won't leave the hospital setting. It will. Fentanyl wasn't supposed to leave the hospital setting either and it," Terryah said.

Terryah believes the release of this new drug, is not about helping people.

"I believe it's just a moneymaker. Supposed to make 1.1 billion dollars annually. It's just going to kill more people, because it will leave the hospital setting and I don't understand why they need something stronger. "

She worries that what little progress made in the battle to stop addiction, may be hindered.

"I think a lot of doctors, are finally are not prescribing things so haphazardly or freely, and there's people have been on opioids for a long time and now what do we do." Terryah said,

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