How many people are abusing prescription opiates compared to abusing heroin? 2-What is the relation between the rise of Rx opiates use and the current rise in heroin use? Use specific numbers and statistics to explain this.

#6 Opiate Explanation Summary

Reflection Paper: Current Opiate Epidemic in the US. News reports there is a rising heroin abuse problem in the USA.

1-How many people are abusing prescription opiates compared to abusing heroin?

2-What is the relation between the rise of Rx opiates use and the current rise in heroin use?

Use specific numbers and statistics to explain this.

3-How are Rx opiates different or the same as heroin?

4-What treatment seems to be most effective for opiate addiction?

NIDA, Dr. Nora Volkow Presentation to Congress: http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2015/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

CDC, Injury Prevention and Control: Prescription Drug Overdose: http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pubs/index.html

NCBI/National Library of Medicine: PubMEd article 2012 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22786464

Atlantic Magazine report, Oct 2014 : http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-new-heroin-epidemic/382020/