“OxyContin? That’s going out of style,” says Dr. Gregory G. Davis, professor of pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and associate coroner for Jefferson County, which includes the city. “Right now it’s heroin. We’ve gone from one or two heroin deaths per year to one to two per week.”
Dr. Kevin Whaley, Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, has seen the same thing: “There has been a decrease in oxycodone [the active ingredient in OxyContin] overdosage as a consequence of the tamper-resistant measures taken by the manufacturer,” he says via email.
Source: Forbes.com – December 13, 2012