Nonmedical use of prescription drugs and the link to heroin

 

 

There’s a new report out by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to have initiated heroin use recently (within the past 12 months of being interviewed) than others in that age group (0.39 percent  versus 0.02 percent). The report also shows that four out of five recent heroin initiates (79.5 percent) had previously used prescription pain relievers nonmedically.   Please see the entire news release here.


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