Time release analgesic causes fatal overdoses in United StatesBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1143/a (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1143
- Fred Charatan
Oxycodone hydrochloride (OxyContin) is believed to be responsible for more than 120 fatal overdoses among drug misusers in recent years in several states, including Maine, Kentucky, Virginia, and Florida.
The drug, manufactured by Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Connecticut, contains a synthetic form of morphine in a sustained release tablet and is prescribed for chronic pain. It was approved by …