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What Does It Mean to “Misuse” Opioids?

The NIDA Blog Team
May 31, 2016

Opioid pain medications are now the single deadliest drug in the U.S. Read More »

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What’s the Connection Between Prescription Pain Pills and Heroin?

The NIDA Blog Team
March 24, 2016

Misusing prescription pain pills and using heroin are very risky moves. Read More »

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Drug Use Leads to HIV Epidemic for One Community

The NIDA Blog Team
April 08, 2015

A county in rural Indiana is in the national spotlight because of a dramatic increase in HIV infections. Health experts say that 100% of the recently diagnosed people were infected by sharing needles to inject themselves with the prescription pain medication Opana. Read More »

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The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

Sara Bellum
April 02, 2014

Note: We published an updated version of this post in 2015. Read the updated version here. Read More »

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Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

Sara Bellum
May 03, 2012

You may have heard marijuana referred to as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it can open doors to other kinds of drug abuse. But did you know that prescription painkillers can be gateway drugs to heroin? Read More »

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