A federal advisory panel has narrowly voted to recommend that the United States Food and Drug Administration permanently institute a permanent ban on the popular opiated painkillers Percocet and Vicodin. While the F.D.A. is not required to follow the panel's recommendations, it "usually does," according to the New York Times.
Long known as "Hollywood's rocket fuel," Vicodin has been particularly popular in celebrity circles because cooperative doctors are loose with the prescriptions, making it a (relatively) safe and legal path to opiate addiction.
Expect to hear a lot of wailing from the show business community and to see a lot of pressure on President Obama with rhetoric that mirrors the NRA's warnings about the slippery slope gun control.
At the very least, Sean Penn and Rush Limbaugh will have finally found a cause they can share.
Read the full story at the New York Times.