Tamper-proof prescription drugs may halt abuse

 作者:师粕     |      日期:2019-03-01 04:12:01
By Jim Giles IT’S a class of drug abused by 1.5 million Americans. To quit, addicts have to go cold turkey: vomiting, diarrhoea, insomnia. Thousands die every year from overdoses. Add up the days lost from work and the money spent caring for addicts, and the toll reaches $10 billion annually. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the drugs in question are crack cocaine or heroin. Instead, the culprits are prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. By binding to and disrupting the activity of brain cells that control the experience of pain,