To the Editor Cicero and Ellis1 reported that 25% to 30% of individuals entering a group of substance abuse treatment centers endorse the reformulated OxyContin as a drug they had abused in the previous 30 days. Although Cicero and Ellis1 reported that the rate of endorsement of OxyContin fell from 46% to 25%, the popular press has portrayed the report as evidence that abuse-deterrent formulations are ineffective.
Dart RC, Severtson SG, Green JL. Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Prescription Opioids. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(8):849. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0723