Every other developed country does at least as good or as poor a job as we do managing pain — while not using opioids at anywhere near the same level - German Lopez


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Hydrocodone is a uniquely American drug. Every day, there is a new headline about the ongoing – and worsening – opioid epidemic. But in spite of that, US doctors still prescribe powerful painkillers at rates unthinkable in other countries around the world...

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid made from codeine, which is itself made from the opium poppy. “Semi-synthetic” means that hydrocodone is a mixture of compounds found in nature and those that are manufactured exclusively in a laboratory.

Hydrocodone was first synthesized in Germany in 1920, in 1943, it gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration for sale in the United States.

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