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Snorting & smoking appealing to new users

Heroin: 7 Facts about Cuyahoga County

It's widely known that heroin is injected, but according to drug abuse.gov there is a more appealing method new users are resorting to that doesn't leave a mark. Users are snorting & smoking heroin because it eliminates the stigma associated with injection drug use. All three forms of heroin administration are addictive. 

Nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin. Tonight at 11 Cleveland 19 rides along with the only needle exchange program north of Columbus as they is hit the streets to combat the health risks associated with injecting. It’s a program that aims not to enable addicts, but to protect them from diseases like H-I-V and Hepatitis C — and to protect everyone else from disease and from those discarded dirty needles. 

 

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