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New Abuse-Proof Drugs Increase Heroin Addiction

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

New formulations of the painkiller OxyContin may have reduced the ability of addicts to abuse it, but it still isn’t keeping them from getting their fix – one way or another. Heroin addiction is on the rise as “oxy” addicts turn to the opiate for an easier high.

Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, released a crush-proof version of its drug last summer. Now users have to go to extreme efforts in order to get high on the drug by sniffing it up their nose, and many are using the cheaper and easier heroin instead.

Unfortunately, heroin abuse, which was on the decline until recent years, is one of the most deadly forms of drug abuse in the United States. The population of heroin users have some of the worst mortality rates out of any segment of the population. This is largely because heroin destroys the person’s physical health, leaving them susceptible to disease and malnutrition. Heroin users are also at risk of needle-sharing related illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis-B.

This new wave of heroin abusers call the newest formulation of OxyContin “gummies” (because they get stuck between the teeth when you chew them) or “jellynoses” (because they cake in the nostrils if snorted). While OxyContin addicts have still been able to abuse the drug, many just want an easier high.

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