Heroin users today are white men, women in their 20s living outside large urban areas

May 29, 2014 4:48 PM

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Heroin users today are white men, women in their 20s living outside large urban areas

Seventy-five percent of today's heroin users said they were introduced to opioids via prescription drugs, but switched to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to buy.

Theodore J. Cicero of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues analyzed data on nearly 2,800 patients from an ongoing study that used surveys completed by patients with a heroin use or a heroin dependence diagnosis entering rehab. They also used data from 54 patients who completed a more de...

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