Groups oppose so-called “heroin” pill

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Local Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives tell News 4 they are one of the groups opposing the new pain pill called Zohydro.  Some are calling it a “heroin” pill that will hit the market in March.

Experts say the pill is essentially pure hydrocodone and would be given to patients in doses between 10 and 50 milligrams a day which is up to 10 times the typical dose of hydrocodone now.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug last year despite their advisory committee voting against it. Experts say adults could overdose on just two pills.

Western New York Activist Avi Israel says this will only make the prescription drug epidemic worse. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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