A commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal argues that tamper resistant drugs will not eliminate opioid addiction or overdose. While it is true that the tamper-resistant pills are more difficult to crush, making it harder to snort or inject, author Dr. Pamela Leece explains that a more comprehensive solution is required. Those who are already addicted and those at risk of overdose will find ways to get high, regardless of the form of the drug and its ability to be tampered with.

The authors go on to explain: “Regulations requiring tamper resistance represent an expensive, technical approach that is influenced by pharmaceutical interests and cannot solve the opioid crisis. An evidence-based, multifaceted strategy is needed — one that has real potential to curb opioid-related harms at a population level.”

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