Just like they did in the 80s, Americans are increasingly going straight to heroin, skipping prescription opioids. Too bad US policy doesn't reflect that.

27 Oct 2017

Jeremy Lesser is one of the faces of America's increasingly mainstream opioid crisis. Now in recovery for two years, he's 27, white, and comes from a middle-class family in New Jersey. But he didn't start using opioids with pills from a doctor—or even pills from a friend or the family medicine cabinet. Instead, his first opioid was heroin.

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By now, many Americans have heard sad stories that begin with a white teen innocently ingesting a prescription obtained from a pharma-influenced doctor. Often, these tales end with the degradation of heroin—a good kid accidentally addicted, driven to crime, and maybe even dead.

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