Dr. Rahul Jandial and the Rise in Heroin Use Among Women, Young Adults and the Wealthy

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The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide more evidence of how a pathway from prescription painkillers to heroin abuse has fueled the drug crisis.  Over the past decade, heroin use more than doubled in the 18 to 25 age bracket, according to the CDC. Use among women is up 100 percent; among whites, it's up 114 percent. And heroin is only part of a larger substance abuse problem. The CDC finds people who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers are forty times more likely to be addicted to heroin.

Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Division of Neurosurgery
City of Hope Cancer Center  &  Beckman Research Institute

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