This painkiller is at the heart of a opioid epidemic and has been taken off the market, finally

Endo International just took its extended-release opioid painkiller Opana ER (otherwise known as oxymorphone hydrochloride) off the market.

The move comes almost a month after the Food and Drug Administration asked that the drug be removed when it found that the drug’s benefits no longer outweighed its risk for abuse.  According to Business Insider.

“We are facing an opioid epidemic – a public health crisis, and we must take all necessary steps to reduce the scope of opioid misuse and abuse,”

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a news release at the time.

I for one vote that we remove all opioids off of the market and move to a more natural healing thought process when treating pain. Opioids are ruining lives everywhere and drug companies and their board members keep getting rich.