The Plague – Drug Addiction: “Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years”

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Heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States—an increase made all the worse by the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.

Both prescription opioid and heroin addiction is growing significantly among the affluent and people with private insurance, two groups that historically have had relatively low rates of abuse…People in these groups tend to move on to heroin only after being cut off from prescription opioids.

The connection between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use is directly related to other public health issues, including the increasing rate of HIV infections and car accidents.

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