Nonmedical opioid use and heroin use in a nationally representative sample of us high school seniors

Study from Drug and Alcohol Dependence:

  • 12.4% of high school seniors reported lifetime nonmedical opioid use.
  • As frequency of opioid use increased, so too did the odds for reporting heroin use.
  • Over three-quarters (77.3%) of heroin users reporting lifetime nonmedical opioid use.
  • Females were consistently at low odds for reporting use of opioids and heroin.
  • Racial minority students were less likely to report opioid or heroin use

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