Harder-to-Abuse OxyContin Doesn't Stop Illicit Use
A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it harder to abuse has curtailed the drug's illicit use. "OxyContin abuse in people seeking treatment declined, but that decline slowed after a while. And during that same time period, heroin use increased dramatically." The original formulation of OxyContin contained high levels of the pain-killing drug oxycodone.