Heroin users are 90 percent white

May 29, 2014 4:07 PM

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Heroin users are 90 percent white

NEW YORK — The image of the heroin user is changing, according to researchers who say the great majority are now white men and women who mostly live outside the cities.

Their study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, tracked data from almost 2,800 heroin users and found that first-time users are now generally older than those who began taking the drug in the 1960s. About 90 percent are white, according to the study, and 75 percent now live in non-urban areas.

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