Tamper-proof oxycodone sees drop in misuse

The reformulation of oxycodone as a tamper-resistant formulation has dramatically reduced diversion and misuse of opioids for injection, an Australian study shows.

Latest findings from a cohort of 606 people who had been tampering with pharmaceutical opioids before the reformulation of oxycodone in 2014 show a substantial drop in misuse of the drug, without any shift to misuse of other pharmaceutical opioids or illicit drugs.

The study carried out by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW found the number of people