New England Journal of Medicine Article looks at relationship between prescription drugs and the heroin epidemic

January 21st, 2016

nejm-sealA review article written by leaders at NIDA and CDC, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises questions about the often cited causal relationship between the prescription drug crackdown and the heroin crisis. The article focuses on the timing of increased heroin use and how that might relate to trends in prescription drug misuse.

“It appears that the shift toward heroin use among some nonmedical users of prescription opioids was occurring before the recent policy focus on prescription-opioid abuse took hold,” the article states. (WM Compton et al, 2016)

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