The recently reformulated abuse-deterrent OxyContin isn't as resistant to abuse as officials might have hoped, says a new study of the.
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Okay, we’ll accept there’s been a reduction in the abuse of OxyContin. But even with that, there’s no reduction in the epidemic of opiate addiction sweeping the country, even if OxyContin itself is less abused.
Apparently, the addicts’ workaround essentially involves “cooking” the OxyContin first, which makes it easier to pulverize the pills into a form suitable for snorting or injecting.
The study examined data from the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance system (called RADARS), which tracks and measures rates of prescription drug abuse and diversion across the country.
News about OxyContin (Drug), including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. As thousands of addicts still find ways to abuse OxyContin and similar painkillers, called abuse-deterrent formulations, some experts caution that the protections are.
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FDA OK's 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin. Latest formulation is tougher to crush and dissolve, making illicit use more difficult.
The original form of Oxycontin, first approved in 1995, "was abused, often following manipulation intended to defeat its extended-release properties," the FDA explained. "Such manipulation causes the drug to be released more rapidly, which increases the risk of serious adverse events, including overdose and death.".
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Three people have been arrested on charges that they engaged in what court papers describe as one of the largest schemes ever uncovered.
"This is about greed," said James Hunt, the Drug Enforcement Administration's special agent in charge for New York.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three people have been arrested on charges that they engaged in what court papers describe as one of the largest schemes ever uncovered to divert oxycodone pills involving pharmacies in New York City, U.S.