Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Study Calls Painkillers ‘Gateway’ to Heroin Use

American News Report, September 2, 2014

"One of the nation’s largest drug screening companies has released a new report claiming there is “concrete evidence” linking prescription painkillers with the rising use of heroin.

In a study of drug tests collected from 171,061 chronic pain patients, Ameritox detected heroin in 2,206 of the patients’ urine samples. Although that is just 1.3% of the total number of pain patients studied – Ameritox drew some sweeping conclusions from the data, saying it was a sign that 'chronic pain patients are using heroin with painkillers' and 'prescription opioids are the new gateway to heroin abuse.'" Read more

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