In a twist completely apropos for 2018, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has received a patent for a medication designed to treat opioid addiction. Purdue Pharma is largely considered to be responsible for the current opioid epidemic.
The patent is not for an entirely new medication; rather, it is for a new and fast-acting form of an existing medication: buprenorphine.
The Surgeon General Just Issued Its First Advisory in 13 Years, This Time to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage many Americans, aggressive tactics are being used to fight back. Earlier this month, the Surgeon General issued a statement urging Americans to start carrying the opioid overdose antidote, known as naloxone.
This is the first Surgeon General warning that has been issued in over a decade. The last warning issued referred to drinking during pregnancy.