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Heroin sold in the U.S., like this dose confiscated in Alabama last fall, is often cut with other drugs. Tamika Moore/AL.com/Landov hide caption

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Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

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A user prepares drugs for injection in 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

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In Cheyenne, Wyo., emergency room patients who show up more than a few times a month requesting pain pills will now be told no, except in dire emergencies. A similar program at a New Mexico hospital cut ER visits by 5 percent annually, and saved $500,000. iStockphoto hide caption

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

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Volunteer Patrick Pezzati searches yards in Turners Falls, Mass., for discarded heroin needles. Karen Brown/WFCR hide caption

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A Rural Police Chief Asks Citizens To Help Pick Up Used Syringes

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Volunteers search for needles and other drug paraphernalia along Church Street in Austin, Ind., in April. The region has recorded 142 new HIV cases since December, according to the state, in an outbreak tied to injected-opioid use. Seth Herald/Nurphoto/Corbis hide caption

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

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A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City. Naloxone counters an overdose with heroin or certain prescription painkillers by blocking the receptors these opioids bind to in the brain. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Needle exchange programs, like this one in Portland, Maine, offer free, sterile syringes and needles to drug users. The programs save money and lives, health officials say, by curtailing the spread of bloodborne infections, such as hepatitis and HIV. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

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Deaths from oxycodone overdoses fell sharply in Florida after the state cracked down on pain clinics and implemented dispensing restrictions. Robin Nelson/Zumapress/Corbis hide caption

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Generic hydrocodone plus acetaminophen pills seen in a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., in 2013. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

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Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

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