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New Report Finds Increased Heroin Use is Not Tied to New Opioid Prescribing Policies

Businessman Working Dashboard Strategy Research ConceptNew scientific research finds that federal and state policies aimed at curbing inappropriate prescribing of opioids is not the direct cause of recent increases in national heroin use. Rather, the transition to heroin occurred before many policies, including public education efforts, prescription drug monitoring programs, increased enforcement and regulatory actions, and abuse-deterrent formulations, were implemented. The study also found that people who abuse prescription opioids rarely use heroin. The recent uptick in heroin use was attributed to increased accessibility, lower market prices, and high purity of heroin. Increased education and prevention efforts aided by expanded access to naloxone are needed to address this problem. The full report can be found on CLAAD’s External Resources page, and you can read more here.

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