Experts: Officials missed signs of prescription drug crackdown's effect on heroin use
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#1 Mar 6, 2014
“It never crossed anyone’s mind that cracking down on Oxy would lead to an increase in heroin,’’ said one current federal official involved in anti-drug enforcement, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations."
"As early as 2003, the center said, some Oxy users were already making the switch.“Not only is heroin less expensive, but efforts to control the diversion of OxyContin may be reducing the availability of OxyContin in some areas,’’ it wrote that year. The concerns were echoed in congressional testimony starting in 2008, transcripts show."
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