The opioid epidemic in the U.S. is well documented at this point. It’s no longer something that isn’t talked about, or that can go under the radar. The use of opioids, including prescription narcotics and heroin, has become so prevalent that it’s on the national stage and U.S. politicians are constantly talking about ways to curb the epidemic, but finding that thus far they’ve had little success.
There are plenty of reasons given for the rise of the opioid epidemic, including the high rates at which prescription painkillers were given to patients, and the effects of the Great Recession, as well as the struggles faced in many areas to regain sources of employment.
A derivative of the larger opioid epidemic is the epidemic of something dubbed “Hillbilly Heroin.”
The term Hillbilly Heroin refers to the drug oxycodone or OxyContin, and there are specific reasons it’s been nicknamed this.
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