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Prescription painkiller abuse may be to blame for jump in heroin use

The Department of Health blames opiate-based prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, as a driving factor in the spike. Evidence of its impact is showing up in treatment centers, arrest reports and the number of overdoses.
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The Department of Health blames opiate-based prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, as a driving factor in the spike. Evidence of its impact is showing up in treatment centers, arrest reports and the number of overdoses.

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