“Heroin abuse is relatively rare in the United States. However, a new Penn State University study finds the growing availability of this drug has increased its use, while abuse of prescription painkillers also continues to rise. The combination has changed the face of addiction with previously untouched groups now being affected, says Dr. Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology.
In particular, the simultaneous use of both heroin and prescription painkillers has increased among whites, especially young white men, say Monnat and her co-author, Dr. Khary K. Rigg, assistant professor of mental health law and policy, University of Southern Florida.”
Source: MedicalDaily.com – August 21, 2015