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Washington University School of Medicine

Heroin Use Rising Because It's Easier to Get than Prescription Painkillers

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Caption: Heroin was first synthesized in the 1870s. In the years since, it's created thousands of addicts and destroyed many lives, but recently, the drug has made a comeback. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and NOVA Southeastern University in Miami shows that the people using heroin in 2014 are very different from those who typically got hooked on the drug 50 years ago. Jim Dryden reports…

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