Heroin Incidence Increasing Among Patients Using Non-Medical Pain Relief
The rate of heroin initiation is much higher among those who have previously used non-medical pain relievers (NMPR), although only a small percentage of those using NMPRs actually progress to heroin use, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
…only 3.6 percent of NMPR initiates progressed to heroin use within five years of first NMPR use.
So all the hysteria is about this tiny fraction (3.6%) of pain patients? Since when is that a high enough number to cause changes in prescribing a medically necessary drug?