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An article in MNT reports that once the high-dose opioid painkiller called Oxycodone, also known as OxyContin, was switched by its manufacturer to a new abuse-deterrent formulation, overdose rates and levels of dispensing dropped substantially. ┬áThis new formulation makes the painkiller resistant to crushing or dissolving the medication in order to achieve a quicker “high.” One negative side effect of this change is that as overdoses related to Oxycodone decreased, heroin overdoses began to increase. It is critical to further improve efforts to identify and treat people who are transitioning from prescription opioid to heroin abuse. To read this article in its entirety, click here.