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Heroin is a very addictive chemical called diacetylmorphine. Heroin is a modified form of morphine, a highly abundant opium derived from the seedpods of the poppy plant.
California’s new attack on opioid addiction hits old roadblocks

California’s new attack on opioid addiction hits old roadblocks

UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

Alcoholics Anonymous the best way to abstain

Alcoholics Anonymous the best way to abstain

Alcoholics Anonymous found to be very effective for achieving alcohol abstinence

Alcoholics Anonymous found to be very effective for achieving alcohol abstinence

Average age of first drug use among teens is rising, study shows

Average age of first drug use among teens is rising, study shows

They fell in love helping drug users. But fear kept him from helping himself.

They fell in love helping drug users. But fear kept him from helping himself.

Trusting injection drug users with IV antibiotics at home: It can work

Trusting injection drug users with IV antibiotics at home: It can work

New analysis shows rising ER visits for repeat opioid-related emergencies

New analysis shows rising ER visits for repeat opioid-related emergencies

Conservative Indiana adopted needle exchanges but still faces local resistance

Conservative Indiana adopted needle exchanges but still faces local resistance

Heroin use increasing among American adults

Heroin use increasing among American adults

Re-engineered plant compound reduces morphine-seeking behaviors in mice

Re-engineered plant compound reduces morphine-seeking behaviors in mice

Good rehab is hard to find

Good rehab is hard to find

Roughly half of opioid prescriptions by dentists exceed pain-management guidelines

Roughly half of opioid prescriptions by dentists exceed pain-management guidelines

US life expectancy increases for the first time in 4 years

US life expectancy increases for the first time in 4 years

UCI-led study reveals link between early life adversity and opioid addiction

UCI-led study reveals link between early life adversity and opioid addiction

Majority of people knowingly use fentanyl, UBC research shows

Majority of people knowingly use fentanyl, UBC research shows

Increasing opioid addiction in the US but young addicts being missed

Increasing opioid addiction in the US but young addicts being missed

FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing except in the youngest group

FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction is increasing except in the youngest group

Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic

Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose