Teens Who Abuse Opioids Likely to Use Heroin, Study Says

July 8, 2019

(UPI) – New findings show teens who use opioids to get high are more likely to use heroin after high school. More than 13 percent of young people who currently use prescription opioids recreationally also used heroin after high school, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. But nearly 11 percent of those who stopped using prescription opioids recreationally also moved on to heroin after graduation. That’s compared to only 1.7 percent of teens who didn’t get high on opioids during high school school but still used heroin after graduation.