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Author Topic: Abuse-Resistant OxyContin Fueled the Spread of Hepatitis C  (Read 5539 times)

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Abuse-Resistant OxyContin Fueled the Spread of Hepatitis C
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:42:25 am »
Purdue Pharma’s 2010 release of a version of OxyContin formulated to deter abuse wound up fueling the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) as people with opioid use disorder sought alternatives to misusing prescription painkillers.

In their past research, researchers at RAND Corporation established that the 2010 OxyContin reformulation, which made the pill difficult to crush or dissolve, led some people taking the painkillers for nonmedical reasons to adopt injecting heroin as an alternative. The result was a rise in heroin overdoses.



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