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Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Pills Simply Redirect People To Seek Out Heroin

A new study finds that the reformulated pills have not reduced overdose deaths. In other news, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promises to fight the epidemic in his state during his final year in office and Walgreens announces that it will install medication disposal kiosks.

Los Angeles Times: Heroin Resurgence An 'Unintended Consequence' Of Attempt To Curb OxyContin Abuse, Study Finds
In an attempt to stem abuse of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma spent a decade and several hundred million dollars developing a version of the painkiller that was more difficult to snort, smoke or inject. Since those “abuse-deterrent” pills debuted six years ago, misuse of OxyContin has fallen and the company has touted them as proof of its efforts to end the opioid epidemic. (Ryan, 1/10)

The Wall Street Journal: Christie Wants To Combat State’s Drug Crisis During Final Year In Office
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledged Tuesday to use his final year in office to aggressively combat drug addiction, calling it a crisis that is “ripping the very fabric of our state apart. ”Mr. Christie, a Republican who is entering his final year of his second and final term in office, dedicated the majority of his 73-minute state-of-the-state address to outlining his plan for expanding drug prevention and treatment. (King, 1/10)

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