Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

Share this content:
Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone
Illicit Opioid Trade Up With Restrictions on Hydrocodone

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's 2014 ruling to reschedule hydrocodone combination products coincided with an increase in illicit trading of opioids through online illicit markets (cryptomarkets), according to a study published online June 13 in The BMJ.

James Martin, Ph.D., from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues examined the effect of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's 2014 ruling to reschedule hydrocodone combination products on the trade in opioids through cryptomarkets. Data were examined from 31 of the world's largest cryptomarkets.

The researchers found that after the schedule change there was an increase in the sale of prescription opioids through U.S. cryptomarkets, with no statistically significant changes in prescription sedative, prescription steroid, prescription stimulant, or illicit opioid sales. Sales of opioids through U.S. cryptomarkets represented 13.7 percent of all drug sales in July 2016, compared with a modelled estimate of 6.7 percent of all sales had the new schedule not been introduced. This corresponded to a yearly increase of 4 percent in the amount of trade that prescription opioids represent in the U.S. market; for comparable products or prescription opioids sold outside of the United States, there was no corresponding change. The change was first seen for sales, then later for product availability.

"The scheduling change in hydrocodone combination products coincided with a statistically significant, sustained increase in illicit trading of opioids through online U.S. cryptomarkets," the authors write.

Abstract/Full Text
Editorial

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

CDC: Increase Seen in Salmonella Illnesses From Ground Beef

CDC: Increase Seen in <i>Salmonella</i> Illnesses From Ground ...

246 people now sickened; 59 people have been hospitalized; no deaths reported to date

Epinephrine Personal Autoinjectors Cost-Effective at 24

Epinephrine Personal Autoinjectors Cost-Effective at &#36;24

Based on 10-fold fatality risk difference, value-based price for personal epinephrine $24

Burden of Liver Cancer Rising in Medicare Patients

Burden of Liver Cancer Rising in Medicare Patients

Coexistence of other liver conditions tied to even higher risk for death, health care costs

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »