Below article was submitted to and published by The CT Mirror
Paul Gileno’s piece is spot on and something that is often forgotten in the prescription drug abuse issue that has swept our nation. He brought up the issue of Abuse Deterrent Formulations (ADF) for certain prescription drugs that are highly abused. The ADF are much more difficult to break down for snorting or injecting, making it far less desirable to the typical addict.
The reformulation of OxyContin® probably represents the best example considering it was a major drug of abuse until reformulated with an ADF in August 2010. Once the old formulation was no longer on retail pharmacy shelves, the abuse and diversion of OxyContin® took a huge plunge downward. In addition, street values also plummeted and the attraction to this once highly sought after drug became far less with the formulation change. [Read more…]