Darvocet – Are You Abusing this Dangerous Narcotic?
Darvocet – also known as Propoxyphene or Darvon – is a powerful and dangerous narcotic. In fact, the drug is so dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of this medication in 2010. Even though the drug has been banned, the painkiller Darvocet is still available on the black market and is being sold on the street for as much as twenty dollars a pill. In spite of the ban, many people are still abusing Darvocet or struggling with an addiction to it.
If you are addicted to Propoxyphene, you’re playing with fire. In no uncertain terms, you are risking your life every time you take a dose. This painkiller is deadly. It has killed thousands of people. It’s no secret that tens of thousands of people die every year from an addiction to painkillers or opiate medications. You’ve heard that drugs are dangerous and you know that you should stay away from them. But, when we tell you to steer clear of Darvon, we mean business.
Propoxyphene – Banned by the FDA in the U.S.A.
Darvon as a pain medication was officially banned by the FDA in 2010 because it was proven to cause abnormalities in heart rhythm and cause premature death. Just so you know, the FDA isn’t in the business of banning medications that it once approved. This makes the FDA look bad. This powerful government agency has been tasked with guarding our lives by regulating medications to ensure they are safe for human consumption. When the FDA bans a drug, it has to admit it made a mistake….and, we all know how the government feels about admitting mistakes and accepting blame!
Before the FDA disallows pharmaceutical companies from distributing medicine that has been circulating for years with its approval, a whole lotta bad stuff has to happen first. In other words, lots and lots of people have to die and get sick from taking an FDA-approved drug before the drug gets banned by the FDA. This is a sad reality, but it is a reality nonetheless.
Here is what the FDA has to say about what happens when it decides to ban a drug:
“A drug is removed from the market when its risks outweigh its benefits. A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be corrected, such as when it is discovered that the drug can cause serious side effects that were not known at the time of approval. However, completely removing a unique product from the market could be very dangerous to people who depend on the drug. So, decisions to remove products from the market are made very carefully, especially if people would be in danger without the product.”
When Darvon was banned in 2010, an estimated 10 million Americans were taking the medication as legally prescribed by a doctor for pain. Countless others were abusing the drug and buying it on the street. The FDA ban came six years after the drug was outlawed in Europe after it had been proven to cause dangerous heart rhythms and cause death.
Interestingly enough; a public interest group called Public Citizen petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the drug back in 1978. The group claimed the drug was responsible for the sudden death of more than 1,000 people. The ban was denied. They petitioned again for a ban in 2006. The request for the second ban, coupled with the UK’s ban of Darvon, caused the FDA to sit up and take notice. Discussions to execute a ban went to an expert advisory committee in July of 2009. The committee ultimately voted 14 to 12 to ban Darvocet. The ban went into effect in 2010.
It kind of makes you wonder how the U.S. government could have information that a drug like Propoxyphene could be dangerous in 1978, but take no action for more than thirty years. Was the FDA to slow to act? Furthermore, it makes you wonder what kind of information it may currently have about painkillers being made available to us now. For example, does the FDA know that drugs like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Fentanyl are responsible for thousands of deaths, but they are doing nothing about it?
One thing’s for sure, we do know the FDA has come forth and said that Propoxyphene is deadly. This is not to be taken lightly. SO! If you’re abusing Darvocet and buying the stuff on the black market, keep reading. Hopefully, by the time you’ve completed this article, you’ll change your mind about Darvon and stay far, far away from the stuff. Your life depends on it.
A Brief History on Darvon, the Painkiller of Yesteryear
Since the early 1900’s, when modern medicine began to take shape in America, medical professionals have prescribed drugs to help people manage pain. As fate would have it, drugs prescribed to manage pain also make us feel good. They give us a buzz. It’s just the way it is. And, because pain medication makes us feel good, many of us like to take it when we are not in pain. Why? Because it makes us feel euphoric. It makes us feel good. It gives us a buzz. It gets us high. That’s why we take pain meds when they’re not prescribed to us.
In the early 1900’s, Americans were prescribed cocaine, heroin, opium, and Morphine for pain. It’s hard to believe, but it’s the truth! Because Americans quickly discovered that these “medications” also had feel-good side effects, they began to use them recreationally. As we all know, these drugs are highly addictive, and this recreational use soon led to widespread addiction. As a response to the addiction problem, the United States government made these drugs illegal and disallowed doctors from prescribing them. Nevertheless, this was the onset of America’s continuing relationship between prescription medications and prescription medication addiction. When you look back over the past hundred years or so, you can see that every prescription drug that has caused people to catch a buzz has had its place in U.S. history.
America goes through phases when it comes to prescription medications that get you high. Just Google Quaalude, Percocet, Valium, or Xanax, and you’ll get a bigger picture of what we mean when we refer to “phases.” At present, you could argue that we are going through the opiate phase. In the grips of what addiction experts are calling an opiate epidemic, Americans are highly addicted to drugs like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Fentanyl. Every ten years or so, pharmaceutical companies develop what they believe to be the next cure-all pain medication for the times. Soon enough, we’ll be battling addiction to some other type of prescription drug.
In the 1950’s, one of the biggest “it” drugs of the era was Darvocet. Although comparably weaker to what is prescribed by doctors today, at the time, Propoxyphene was considered powerful stuff. Mostly prescribed for back, neck, knee, or joint pain, Darvon was not only highly effective for pain management and reduction, it would also give you a pleasant buzz. Much like Hydrocodone used by today’s so-called “soccer moms,” many housewives of the 1950’s abused Darvon because they found that it gave them the energy they needed to meet the many responsibilities required of them as mother and house manager.
The Darvocet High – Not Unlike Today’s Opiate Buzz
Darvocet belongs to a group known as narcotic pain relievers and is classified as an opioid drug in the codeine family. It is an opioid, not an opiate. An opioid is a synthetic opiate. This is to say that an opioid is chemically created in a lab where an opiate is naturally grown from a plant. Opioids have serious side effects.
Experts say the chemical makeup of the drug Propoxyphene is closely related to methadone, which is given to heroin addicts to help them stay off heroin and manage withdrawal symptoms. To be clear, Darvon is considered to be weak among opioids. It takes higher doses of Darvocet to experience the same high you would expect from taking Hydrocodone or Oxycodone. This is one of the main reasons why Darvon is so dangerous. Someone taking this drug will ingest higher and higher doses of the stuff to get the same buzz they expect from today’s drugs.
Just like any prescription pain medication, Darvocet is supposed to be taking orally, but many people crush up the pill and snort it. This causes the effect of the drug to take hold faster. Plus, the high is more intense. However; when taken this way, the effects of the Darvon do not last as long and the crash or “come down” from the drug is more uncomfortable.
The Aftermath of the Darvocet Ban
When a drug is banned and essentially recalled, there is an official process that is supposed to take place. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors in possession of the medication are supposed to follow certain steps to properly dispose of the medication. Needless to say, there are a lot of crooked doctors and pharm companies out there who saw the Darvon ban as an opportunity to cash in. Rather than get rid of their supply in accordance with federal guidelines, many who had a stash of Darvocet pills sold them to the highest bidder. These pills are now available on the black market. In no uncertain terms, Darvon is still a problem despite the FDA ban.
The problem is, most people who are buying Propoxyphene on the street don’t know how dangerous the drug is. It’s not like street hustlers care about your personal safety. Really, when’s the last time you heard of a drug dealer selling dope with a medical disclaimer? “Hey, I am going to sell you these pills, but just so you know, the FDA banned these in 2010 because they can cause sudden death.” Nope. It just doesn’t happen. Dealers sell the stuff to make a buck. Addicts buy to stuff to catch a buzz – they simply want the opiate high and they are willing to do anything to get it.
Just a reminder – if you’re using Darvocet, you’re using a deadly drug that can stop your heart at any moment. Fact.
The Cycle of Addiction – Why Painkillers are So Problematic
Many people become addicted to painkillers because they started taking them recreationally. Painkillers are readily available for sale on the streets and drug users often develop an addiction to these narcotics after taking them out of curiosity. Once people realize they like the way painkillers make them feel, they will continue taking them. Before long, they become addicted to them and the cycle of addiction runs their lives.
This is not the story for everyone, however. Lots of people become addicted to pain medication because they started taking them for legitimate reasons. Seeking relief from pain, many people are prescribed pain medication by a doctor and they find that it brings that much-needed relief – at least for a time. However; drugs like Darvocet come with a catch-22.
When it comes to taking narcotic pain medication for pain management, there’s this annoying thing called tolerance. Tolerance is what triggers the cycle of addiction. With tolerance, the dose that used to bring relief for pain no longer works. This means a higher dose is needed. Before long, a higher dose is needed. Before long, the stuff isn’t working at all. By this point, the body is dependent on the drug to function. This is called addiction.
Without help, this cycle continues….. and, the problem of the pain has not been solved. If you’ve been taking Darvon for pain management, there are other options available. Talk to your doctor and find out about what other positive and more effective ways are available to help manage your pain.
What to Do if You’re Using Darvocet
If you’re using Darvon and you’re not willing to stop, be safe. Know that if you are taking the drug and you start to experience the sensation of a racing heart, an irregular heartbeat, or chest pains, you need to get to a hospital immediately. This drug can cause your heart to suddenly stop beating and bring about your untimely death. It can happen at any moment. This is not said to be dramatic, but to arm you with the truth about Propoxyphene. YOU COULD DIE.
If you are taking this drug and you want to stop, help is available. You may feel like there is no way out, but that is simply not true. Recovery from an addiction to Darvocet is possible. However; it is not recommended that you stop taking this medication suddenly. Chances are, you will need to undergo a supervised medical detox – one that happens safely at a secure rehabilitation facility where addiction experts can monitor your withdrawal from the drug.
The thought of going to a rehab may seem overwhelming. This is true for anyone who begins to consider the prospect of getting clean. Quitting the use of drugs is a terrifying endeavor – but sobriety is possible and recovery is a beautiful thing.
If you’re not ready to consider researching in-patient treatment facilities, or you’re not willing to consider an outpatient program, why not attend a 12-step meeting? There, you can meet other people who have struggled with an addiction to narcotics and found a new way to live.
Have you ever been addicted to Darvocet? Share your experience.
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