Increased use of heroin as an initiating opioid of abuse.

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Addictive behaviors, ISSN: 1873-6327, Vol: 74, Page: 63-66

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2017
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28582659
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10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.05.030
Author(s):
Cicero, Theodore J; Ellis, Matthew S; Kasper, Zachary A
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Elsevier BV
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Medicine; Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; Psychology
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Given the relatively recent growth in access to heroin and a more permissive atmosphere surrounding its use, we hypothesized that an increasing number of persons with limited experience and tolerance to opioids would experiment with heroin as their first opioid rather than more common prescription opioid analgesics.