Monday, March 16, 2015

Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Prevent Users From Intensifying High

Forbes, March 16, 2015

"The rise in opioid-related deaths has many in the medical community outraged over practitioners prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Some, mainly those in pain management, believe this practice is justified. Others claim there are better alternatives. Pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, are taking a shot at the opioid epidemic by promoting opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.

A new study conducted by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis revealed that abuse-deterrent opioid medications can cut down on prescription drug abuse. The report, recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that 25% of drug abusers were still able to abuse OxyContin with abuse-deterrent properties. Researchers surveyed nearly 11,000 drug users at 150 drug-treatment facilities in 48 states." Read More.

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