Shatterproof, along with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescri

WASHINGTON, DC – Shatterproof, along with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), the National Safety Council (NSC) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), today filed a petition requesting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remove ultra-high dosage opioids from the market. The request would include the OxyContin 80mg tablet, which is equivalent to 24 regular strength Vicodin in one pill.

Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the petition:

“The fact that ultra-high dosage opioids are still on the market is alarming. We know that higher opioid dosages are associated with increased overdose risk, and the harm of these products far outweigh their modest benefits.

“Patients can be compromised by using these opioids if they lack the tolerance or even if they accidently take just one extra dose. They also pose a risk to those misusing the drug for recreational purposes, and to young children who may consume the pills by mistake. They put patients at increased risk of developing an opioid use disorder, and increase the risk for motor vehicle accidents, immune suppressions, among others.

“The choice now is between maximizing our impact and defeating this epidemic or acquiescence and letting it consume us. That should be no choice at all. Ultra-high dosage opioids should be immediately removed from the market to prevent further harm to thousands of adults, adolescents and children, and help reverse risky prescribing practices that were previously encouraged.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.