Rising use of opioid painkillers may lead soldiers, vets to heroin
Twenty-four year-old Aaron Nowiski died alone, on his bed next to two bags of heroin. The Army veteran, who served two tours in Iraq, had secretly been using the powerfully addictive drug, even fooling his family into the understanding that he had quit, before it claimed his life in 2011. Studies show that soldiers and veterans use opioid painkillers — essentially the chemical equivalent of heroin – far more frequently than civilians because their military training and combat lead to far more injuries.
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