Nonmedical painkiller use is linked to greater chance of heroin use

08/27/2013 |

Data indicate that people who used prescription pain relievers for nonmedical reasons go on to use heroin at higher rates. However, in absolute terms, those who go on to use heroin represent a small percentage of people who use painkillers for nonmedical purposes, according to researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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