As of January 2012, the painkiller called Opana has overtaken Oxycontin as the most widely abused prescription drug in Ohio. Opana contains oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic pharmaceutical opioid with a high potential for abuse. It's believed that oxymorphone is more potent than hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine. Many users have noted that Opana has become the new oxy's (OxyContin). Authorities in Akron, Cincinnati and Athens have noted surges in Opana as a replacement for OxyContin. In every region of Ohio, with the exception of Columbus and Toledo, Opana has gained in popularity as a substitute for OxyContin, given that it remains easy to use intravenously.
Opana's dangerous new popularity arose when OxyContin's manufacturer, Purdue, changed its formula to deter users from crushing, breaking or dissolving the pill so it could be snorted or injected to achieve a high. For years, drug abusers favored an extended-release version of OxyContin for a powerful high. Over the past decade, its abuse was so prevalent that the drug became a household name. Drug abusers could crush or dissolve the pill's time-release coating to get the full punch of the opioid oxycodone. But Purdue Pharma, OxyContin's manufacturer, reformulated it in August 2010, making it nearly impossible to crush, dissolve and inject. By the beginning of 2011, more than 95% of prescriptions were being filled with reformulated OxyContin.
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the manufacture of Oxymorphone in immediate-release (Opana) and extended-release (Opana ER) tablet forms. The street names for Opana include "Bears," "Pana's," "Pandas," and "Panda Bears." Opana is available in 5- and 10-milligram tablets. Opana ER is available in 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40-milligram tablets. Opana ER 40 mg tablets sell for $60 to $70 each, outpacing the once-popular old formulation OxyContin, which now sells for at least $1 a milligram. The less popular new formulation of OxyContin 40 mg sells for less than $1 a milligram at $20 to $30.
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