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The High Priced Bandage for a Heroin Hemorrhage

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  • Opioid drugs may be prescribed by physicians and are available on the street. An estimated 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction
  • Big Pharma provides physicians with opioid pain killers, which are a primary gateway drug to heroin, as well as the overdose reversal medication (naloxone) used to save lives — all at premium prices
  • While important to saving lives, increasing availability of naloxone is only a band-aid on an epidemic that requires more than rescue medication to stem the negative effects

By Dr. Mercola

Heroin belongs to a class of drugs called opioids. All drugs in this class are chemically related, including street drugs and those prescribed by physicians. They affect chemical receptors in your nervous system to produce pleasurable sensations and reduce pain.


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