The new face of heroin: Today's users different than decades ago

May 29, 2014 10:04 AM

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The new face of heroin: Today's users different than decades ago

The demographic of heroin users has shifted dramatically over the last 50 years, according to a new paper published in JAMA Psychiatry.

The study finds heroin users today tend to be white men and women in their 20s, who live in suburban and rural areas. Five decades ago, in the 1960s, opioid use was more common among young men living in urban areas, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Additionally, th...

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