Vicodin and Percocet and Acetaminophen, Oh My!

The latest in drug news – a federal advisory panel has recommended a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, and also reducing the highest allowed dose of acetaminophen, due to excessively high instances of liver damage and fatal overdoses.
My reaction to this news is twofold:

  1. Marijuana has never caused liver damage or fatal overdoses. I forget – why aren’t doctors allowed to prescribe it?
  2. An outright ban on drugs like Percocet and Vicodin, particularly in the absence of legal alternatives, could cause a lot of people to live in even more pain. Couldn’t we educate people as to the risks, rather than banning?
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