New painkiller designed to discourage abuse: Will it work?

A painkiller combined with a drug that stops the painkilling. In a what-will-they-come-up-with-next industry like "Big Pharma," skepticism was sure to follow the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new pill.

On Wednesday, the FDA approved Targiniq ER, a combination of the painkiller oxycodone and naloxone. 

Naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of painkillers. It gained significant publicity earlier this year when the NYPD announced officers would carry it in case they encountered someone overdosing on heroin.

Find out more about why scientists think it could help prevent drug abuse with this Newsy video. 

 

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