A formula change that makes the prescription painkiller OxyContin harder to inhale or inject has many abusers switching to heroin, a drug that is potentially more dangerous.
In 2010, a new formulation of the drug was introduced. The new pills were much more difficult to crush and dissolved more slowly. The idea, according to principal investigator Theodore J. Cicero, professor of neuropharmacology in psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, was to make the drug less attractive to illicit users who wanted to experience an immediate high.
Unfortunately the change seems to have led to a huge surge in the use of heroin.
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