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Zohydro is a controlled-release formulation of hydrocodone, the narcotic contained in Vicodin. Of course it contains more drug; it is meant to last 24 hours, as opposed to six hours for Vicodin. Yes, it can be crushed. Addicts will crush any dosage form, not caring about the integrity of the controlled-release system.
Drug-seeking individuals will find a way to procure, alter and administer any opioid. That will happen, and we cannot let them stand in the path of bringing pain relief to these who desperately need it.
Pamela S. Haase, Rochester
The writer is a retired pharmacist.
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