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New painkiller is needed as an option to suffering

I read with interest the article regarding the new painkiller Zohydro on March 5.

I can understand the grief of Avi Israel over the death of his son who struggled with painkiller addiction. However, I take exception to his remark regarding “relief from low back pain” as if it’s nothing more than an inconvenience.

I have had several major back surgeries resulting from a severe accident and continue to struggle with debilitating pain. My current pain medication sometimes barely takes the edge off of this pain.

I could probably qualify for permanent disability with my condition but I wish to continue working and being productive. I welcome the idea of a new pain medication that might make this possible without the danger of liver damage from the acetaminophen that my current pain medication contains.

There are far too many people who have never experienced this type of pain who are making it exceedingly difficult to obtain these pain medications for others such as myself who are just looking for a semblance of a normal life.

Dan Mangan


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