Abuse-Proof Prescription Painkillers May Spur Heroin Habit

The move by drug companies to make abuse-proof prescription painkillers may be inadvertently promoting heroin use, a new study found. The study of more than 2,500 people with opioid dependence found a 17 percent drop in OxyContin abuse with the 2010 arrival of a formula that's harder to inhale or inject. During the same time period, heroin abuse doubled. "I think the message we have to take away from this is that there are both anticipated consequences and unanticipated consequences to these...Full Story
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