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A crisis of opioids and the limits of prescription control: United States
Stefan G. Kertesz & Adam J. Gordon:

"First, people who misuse opioid medications usually report they were not obtained for care of themselves. Such reports buttress a concern
That many were prescribed unnecessarily. Secondly, heroin addiction may not begin with medication. Among people with heroin OUD in the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologc Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), the percentage who started with non- medical use of
Prescription type medication was 53% for whites and 26% for non whites. Similarly among people entering opioid treatment programs, the percentage who reported first using heroin (as opposed to pain medication) for getting high rise from 8.7% in 2005 to 33.3% in 2015
Most people in this sample reported psychiatric disorders predating opioid use and described having sought opioids to manage their emotions".

Loving this article so far. Great info explaining the true nature of why this discussion should not center around prescription meds...
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