Chronic Pain — 26 August 2013

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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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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