OxyContin reformulation to curb opioid abuse led to hepatitis C surge, study finds

Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C cases. A new study provides the best evidence to date that reformulation of the pain medicine OxyContin in 2010 to make it more difficult to abuse directly led to a surge in hepatitis C infections as drug abusers switched to heroin.

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