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FDA Approves Abuse-Deterrent Opioid

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The FDA recently approved Targiniq ER, a painkiller that contains both oxycodone, a powerful opioid, and naloxone, which is used to prevent fatal opioid overdose. When swallowed intact, the naloxone component of Targiniq ER stays dormant. However, when the pill is crushed, the naloxone component is activated and prevents the oxycodone from binding to brain receptors to provide pain relief. Though people could still become addicted or overdose when using the drug as intended, Targiniq ER limits the common abuse delivery routes such as injecting or snorting crushed pills.

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