“‘You Want a Description of Hell?’ OxyContin’s 12-Hour Problem”

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A new LA Times investigation finds that Purdue Pharma’s claims that OxyContin, a chemical cousin of heroin, could relieve pain for twelve hours led some patients to experience excruciating withdrawal, including intense craving for the drug. “Purdue has known about the problem for decades,” the investigators write. “Even before OxyContin went on the market, clinical trials showed many patients weren’t getting 12 hours of relief.”

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