Pain Patch Abuse on the Rise

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago June 02, 2006 Jun 2, 2006 Friday, June 02 2006 Friday, June 02, 2006 4:01:35 PM CDT in News
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It's unclear how many cases were related to the fentanyl pain patch that killed a southeast Missouri construction worker in March. Justin Knox died after chewing on one of the patches. The patches are meant to release pain medicine more powerful than morphine over three days. Another man in the same county also died this year abusing the prescription drug. Similar cases have appeared across the country and the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the deaths. Justin Knox's mother, Rose Marler, says there's not enough awareness about the potent patch.

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