Appalachia, Hit Hard by Prescription Opioid Epidemic, Now Seeing Influx of Heroin

Appalachia, which has long been dealing with an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse, is now seeing an influx of heroin, The Courier-Journal reports.

In other areas of the country, heroin quickly became a problem when authorities began closing “pill mills” that flooded communities with prescription pain pills. That is because heroin trafficking patterns went through major cities first, the article notes. It has taken longer to get to more remote areas such as eastern Kentucky.

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