New OxyContin Formula Foils Drug Abusers
...Who then just switch to similar narcotics, police say
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2011 12:19 PM CDT
OxyContin tablets are seen at Brooks Drugs in Montpelier, Vt., in this July 19, 2001, file photo.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

(Newser) – OxyContin abuse is becoming a thing of the past—sort of. Ever since Purdue Pharma reformulated its hit narcotic pills to make them harder to snort, chew, or inject, addicts have been looking elsewhere for their high, the New York Times reports. “It’s too much work,” says one ex-user. He tried microwaving the new pills and snorting the burnt remains as his dealer instructed, but “it wasn’t anything I enjoyed.”

That’s the good news. The bad news? Users have mostly just jumped to pure, 30-milligram oxycodone pills (called “Perc 30s” or “Roxies), or a similar time-released drug called Opana. Some former users have even gone straight to heroin. “It’s just a matter of switching,” said an Ohio drug task force member. “If I’m an addict, I’m going to find a drug that works.” The FDA is currently studying whether other opiates could be similarly reformulated.