Ending American Abusing Opioids Will Take Years

July 13, 2017 – Regulations intended to restrict illicit use of painkillers may have inadvertently boosted heroin use, because it’s cheaper and more obtainable than painkillers such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone). “Many people who otherwise would have been using prescription opioids have transitioned to heroin use,” the report noted.

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