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Prescription opioids are killing Americans at more than five times the rate that heroin is, according to the most recent numbers from the CDC
Market forces play a role in this drug substitution, as do the brutal realities of addiction and the need for a fix. Street heroin is much cheaper than a pharmaceutical — typically $10 a packet for heroin, compared with perhaps $80 on the street for an 80 milligram OxyContin, public health officials say. So lots of people get addicted to the pills and then switch to street drugs when they cannot get more.
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