OxyContin

FILE — OxyContin tablets are seen in Montpelier, Vt., July 19, 2001. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller celebrated for its potency but criticized for a rash of related overdoses and deaths, will detail the first blueprints on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, for a new “smart pill” that would be tougher to abuse. The new painkiller would destroy its own narcotic ingredients if crushed into a powder and snorted or injected – the typical manner in which OxyContin currently is abused.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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