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Comment & Response
August 2015

Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Prescription Opioids

Author Affiliations
  • 1RADARS System, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver, Colorado
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(8):849. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0723

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.

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