Less Addictive Form of OxyContin Developed

A new tablet form of OxyContin may help lessen the abuse factor. A study detailed in a recent article shows how a different form of Oxycodone may in fact be the answer to cutting down on the number of patients who misuse the drug.

Oxycodone is a prescription drug that is prescribed for pain. It is also a highly addictive medication and under extreme cases of use people become dependent on the drug. It is prescribed legally and for all intents and purposes to only curb pain, but can end up causing more harm if used long-term.

The varied tablet structure of Oxycodone, OxyContin, can be processed by the body in a different form thus cutting down on the addiction problem. The new form cannot be broken down or crushed as easily so it is harder to abuse.

What is yet to be determined is if the addiction problem is halted long term or if it is just a temporary fix. The study only accounted for short term usage. In order for the pill to be prescribed on a regular basis as a safety mechanism to prevent abuse, further research would be needed to make that determination.

If it indeed can cut down on the amount of patients who abuse Oxycodone in any form, then the danger associated with pain pill prescriptions could decrease.

Pain pills are a growing problem in the drug world. More and more people of all ages are getting their hands on prescription drugs due to the ease and accessibility of the medication. It has become the danger in the medicine cabinet.

Posted on June 1st, 2012
Posted in Abused Drugs

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