FDA makes popular painkiller more difficult to misuse - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/10

FDA makes popular painkiller more difficult to misuse

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The popular painkiller Oxycontin will soon be harder to misuse. The FDA has approved a new version of the pill that is really hard to cut or crush and dissolve. Manufacturers hope the harder-to-break pills will lower rates of abuse, because the pills can't be inhaled or injected.  Oxycontin is a slow-release painkiller, which means patients have to take fewer pills, but each dose is stronger, making it an appealing choice for drug abusers.

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