Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Leads to an Increase in Heroin Use
- New York 07/12/2012 by Andrea Sears (WBAI)
Two years ago Perdue Pharma LLP introduced a new version of OxyContin that it had reformulated to deter abuse. A report published today in the New England Journal of Medicine says the new formula works, but OxyContin addicts are switching to a more dangerous alternative, heroin. WBAI's Andrea Sears speaks with Meghan Ralston, harm reduction coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance.