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Abuse Proof OxyContin Pushes Addicts to Heroin and Other Opioids, Survey Finds

(7/19/2012)

Abuse-Proof OxyContin Pushes Addicts to Heroin and Other Opioids, Survey Finds
By Maia Szalavitz
TIME
July 12, 2012

In August 2010, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin released an abuse-resistant formulation of the drug to deter addicts from crushing it and inhaling or injecting it. The new pill had a dramatic effect: OxyContin went from being the primary drug of abuse for 36% of prescription-drug misusers to just 13% about 21 months later, according to a letter published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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 http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/12/new-abuse-proof-oxycontin-formula-pushed-addicts-to-heroin-and-other-opioids-survey-finds/ 


Keywords: abuse proof, OxyContin, addcits, heorin, opioids, survey



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