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Frequently Asked Questions About Heroin


Updated March 18, 2014

Although heroin abuse has trended downward during the past couple of years, its prevalence is still higher than in the early 1990s.

These relatively high rates of abuse, together with the significant heroin abuse we are now seeing among school-age youth, the glamorization of heroin in music and films, changing patterns of drug use, and heroin's increased purity and decreased prices, make it imperative that the public have the latest scientific information on this topic.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Heroin, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

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