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Research Reports: The Prescription Opioid Epidemic and Heroin

Published October 2015. Revised October 2015.

Explores the relationship between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, including prescription opioid use as a risk factor for heroin use, reasons why people progress from using prescription opioids to heroin, and the need for prevention and treatment.  

Research Reports: Heroin

Published October 1997. Revised November 2014.

Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

DrugFacts: Heroin

Revised October 2014.

Offers basic facts about heroin, including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, other health effects, treatment options, and reported use by youth.

Mind Over Matter: Opioids

Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.

Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system. En Español

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