This just in — according to NBC, the U.S. military is giving soldiers “new” pain killer “lollipops” in the field, as a fast-delivery mechanism with easy shut off valve (just stop sucking on it when you don’t need any more relief). Lollipops? Really? Well, that’s what NBC is leading with for the story.
The suckers are not new, and no one in the responsible military-pharmaceutical complex wants them called by the street name “lollipops.” In fact, the military pain medicine doc in the NBC video interview repeatedly states they don’t want them called lollipops, that he doesn’t like the reference to lollipops, notes that they are serious medicine, that they don’t even look like lollipops, and that the military is very interested in avoiding the reference.
Nonetheless, NBC runs with the term. The headline is “Military using ‘lollipops’ as painkillers for soldiers.” The voice over calls them lollipops repeatedly in the video. Even when reading the warning label aloud, which never uses the word “lollipop” by the way, the NBC commentator inserts the word lollipop instead of the drug device reference.
They are Actiq fentanyl sticks, on a base of 800 mcg of fentanyl. Street name for illegally distributed fentanyl sticks is “perc-a-pops”. The DEA advises that street names for fentanyl include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend and TNT.
Cephalon, maker of the Actiq fentanyl stick, warns that:
and even offers a child safety kit online.
The Marines have also been deploying Fentanyl sticks