Studies Show Heroin Crisis Not Caused by Medical Use of Rx Opioids

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Heroin Crisis Not Caused by Medical use of Rx Opioids: Research Gives Context To Addressing Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis, Review Finds | Kaiser Health News

Prescription painkiller abuse is drawing national attention as states battle increasing abuse cases, presidential candidates offer possible solutions and even President Barack Obama includes the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The review of recent studies examines the often cited link between abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin use. That consequence, the researchers say, fuels the need for better treatment and prevention of prescription drug abuse.

They noted, however, that  although the majority of current heroin users report having used prescription opioids nonmedically before they initiated heroin use,

heroin use among people who use prescription opioids for nonmedical reasons is rare, and the transition to heroin use appears to occur at a low rate.”  

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