Abuse Proof OxyContin Pushes Addicts to Heroin and Other Opioids, Survey Finds
Abuse-Proof OxyContin Pushes Addicts to Heroin and Other Opioids, Survey Finds
By Maia Szalavitz
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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Keywords: abuse proof, OxyContin, addcits, heorin, opioids, survey