Slower-Releasing Oxycodone Helps Lower Overdoses

An extended-release version of painkiller Oxycodone (otherwise known as Percocet) has helped to lower overdoses in the last five years, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study. This painkiller is not as easy to grind up and put in a solution or to snort, explained Robert Korn, MD, medical director of North Shore-LIJ GoHealth. “Percocet, as a drug, is easily-abused because it is on the street and can be bought for a fairly small amount,” Dr. Korn said. “Having changed the formulation, maybe the hard-core drug users and people who inject aren’t using it as much. But you still see a lot of it out there.”

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