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Prescription OxyContin Abuse Among Patients Entering Addiction Treatment – Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Nov – free full-text /PMC2785002/

This study shows how people who abused OxyContin also abuse other drugs, either multiple opioids like heroin and counterfeit pain pills, or cocaine, methamphetamine, and/or alcohol.


OxyContin and other pharmaceutical opioids have been given special attention in the media, who frequently describe problematic users of the drug as previously drug-naive individuals who become addicted following legitimate prescriptions for medical reasons.

The purpose of this study was to characterize the nature and origins of pharmaceutical opioid addiction among patients presenting at substance abuse treatment programs.  

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