Fueled by Oxy, Wisc. sees rise in heroin

Police in northeast Wisconsin say they are seeing a dramatic increase in heroin use in wake of the new, supposedly harder-to-abuse version of OxyContin, WBAY.com reports. Authorities in the four-county Lake Winnebago area confiscated 15 to 20 grams of heroin between 2000 and 2009, but found 120 grams in 2010, the article says.

The news comes after the University of Wisconsin’s Pain and Policy Group attracted criticism earlier this year for allegedly receiving millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, including Oxy manufacturer Purdue Pharma, for pushing for the de-regulation of narcotic pain medicine, which you can read more about here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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