Does the new formulation of oxycontin® deter misuse? A qualitative analysis

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand changing illicit drug use patterns in rural Appalachia since a new formulation of OxyContin® was released with the goal of deterring diversion and misuse. Participants (n = 25) from a longitudinal study of rural drug users (N = 192) were approached to participate in semistructured qualitative interviews between April and June 2011. The primary finding is that the majority of participants switched from using the original formulation OxyContin to immediate-release oxycodone. We discuss the implications and limitations of these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-774
Number of pages5
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2014

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by Purdue Pharma LP, Inc. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the article.


  • Misuse deterrence
  • OxyContin®
  • Prescription drug
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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