'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

April 20, 2015 4:00 PM

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MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds.

After a tamper-resistant form of OxyContin was introduced in 2010, prescriptions dropped 19 percent and the rate of overdoses dropped 20 percent across the United States. However, the rate of heroin overdose increased by 23 percent during the same period, the researchers added.

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