heroin

Deaths From Painkillers Drop, While Heroin Fatalities Rise: Government Report

Prescription painkiller deaths are on the decline, while deaths from heroin are increasing, according to a new government report. The findings suggest some people may have switched from prescription medications to illicit drugs in response to laws aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse, USA Today reports. Between 1999 and 2011, prescription…

Heroin Easier to Buy Than Wine for Young People in Rural Pennsylvania: State Senator

It is easier for a young person in rural Pennsylvania to buy heroin than a bottle of wine, according to a new report on the heroin epidemic in the state. “Heroin is cheaper and easier for young people to obtain than alcohol,” said State Senator Gene Yaw, Chairman of the Center…

Inpatient Treatment for Heroin Abuse Would be Funded Under Proposed House Bill

A bill introduced this week in the U.S. House would establish a federal grant program to fund inpatient treatment for heroin abuse, the Hartford Courant reports. The Expanding Opportunities for Recovery Act is designed to increase access to inpatient drug treatment services for heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, its sponsors…

Study: Heroin Addiction Treatment Should Include Inpatient and Outpatient Therapy

Treatment for heroin addiction is most effective if it includes both inpatient and outpatient therapy, according to a new study. Researchers at Boston Medical Center compared two groups of patients addicted to heroin: those who started buprenorphine treatment while in the hospital and then were referred directly to an outpatient…

Heroin Users Are Older, Whiter, More Suburban Than in the Past: Study

Heroin users are much more likely to be older, whiter and suburban compared with 50 years ago, a new study concludes. They are almost evenly split between men and women, The Washington Post reports. Fifty years ago, 83 percent of those seeking treatment for heroin use were men. In 2010, three-quarters…