Prescription Drug Abuse
While pain is an issue, so is misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioids. Abuse ranges from inadvertent misuse to intentional abuse through physical and chemical manipulation for the purpose of increasing drug concentration in the bloodstream. Tablets are often cut, crushed, ground or broken by using a variety of tools, or dissolved in a solution for the purpose of abuse. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 12.5 million people 12 or older reported misusing prescription pain relievers in the past year. Importantly, 54 percent of Americans misusing painkillers obtained them from a friend or relative. Over the past couple of years, the FDA has increased its efforts to address misuses and abuse of opioids including the development of abuse-deterrent formulations. Using its proprietary Guardian™ Technology, Egalet has made the development of these abuse-deterrent forms a priority.
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