FDA: Pet Owners Are Using Animals to Get Opioids

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Courtesy: Kelly O’Neill (KNWA) 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners could be stealing opioids that are meant for their animals.

The FDA has developed a list of steps veterinarians should take if they stock and administer opioids.

One local veterinarian is taking preventative measures to keep opioids from getting into the wrong hands.

Dr. Jack Herring says people diverting drugs for their own use has been a problem for awhile because vets treat pain in animals everyday. He says it can often become obvious when a person is looking for a specific drug.

“You will have a client who insists they get the opioids for their drugs, that’s the only thing that helps at all. They don’t want to use anything else — that’s red flag, and if they are using it at the maximum labeled dose that they give. Then they want to refill it earlier or never miss it. It’s like clockwork,” Dr. Herring said.

Dr. Herring says most of the people abusing this system are using their pets chronic pain to get ahold of those opioids.

If he thinks a situation is suspicious, he will look for alternative drugs to prescribe. There are state regulations he follows closely.

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