Opioid Abuse Drops, Then Levels Off

March 12, 2015 7:00 PM

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Opioid Abuse Drops, Then Levels Off

Making an abuse-deterrent formulation of OxyContin (oxycodone ) diminished abuse in the short term, but the reductions eventually hit a plateau, researchers found.

In a survey of patients being treated for opioid abuse, there was a significant reduction in past-month OxyContin abuse after the abuse-deterrent formulation came on the market (45% versus 26%, P<0.001), according to Theodore Cicero, PhD, and Matthew Ellis, MPE, of Washington University in St. Louis...

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