Monday, November 2, 2015

Heroin’s Low Cost and Easy Access Attract People Addicted to Painkillers: Study

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, October 29, 2015

"A study of people addicted to painkillers who began using heroin confirms that many of them were drawn to heroin’s low cost and wide availability.

Researchers surveyed 15,000 people being treated for drug addiction, and conducted in-depth interviews with 267 of them. They found almost half of those interviewed were addicted to opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet before using heroin, HealthDay reports.

Three-fourths of those interviewed said they tried heroin because of its lower cost and greater availability." Read more

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