By Pat Anson, Editor
The use of heroin nearly doubled in United States after the introduction of a reformulated version of OxyContin, a widely used opioid painkiller, according to a new report by federal health officials.
The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration looked at data from a national survey on drug use, conducted annually from 2002 through 2011, and found that 25 million Americans over the age of 12 had used prescription painkillers “non-medically” during that period.
Researchers found a “strong association” between the abuse of painkillers and the use of heroin, with abusers 19 times more likely to try heroin for the first time than non-abusers.
About 3.6 percent of the people who abused pain relievers tried heroin within the next five years.
Read more at National Pain Report.
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