The FDA Caused the Opioid Epidemic by Banning Darvocet

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Dr. Warren Albrecht | United States

Mark Thornton, of the Mises Institute, points to the Iron Law of Prohibition as a contributor to the opioid problem. Any prohibition will cause a switch from lower potency of drugs to higher potency. Examples are states with cannabis legalization who have fewer overdoses. But what if a good, middle of the road potent drug was removed from the options leaving the only low strength and high strength medication? When the FDA removed Propoxyphene (Pp), most commonly known as Darvon or Darvocet from, the market, they caused the opioid epidemic in 2010. A snowball effect began.

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