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December 17, 2013

CDC: Prescription drug abusers are turning to less-expensive heroin to stave off ‘dope sickness’

Over the past three years, deaths from prescription drug abuse have far exceeded those from traffic accidents in California and several other states, making opioid dependency in particular an epidemic in the United States, according to experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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