• Heroin: A Vicious Downward Spiral

In recent weeks, especially after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, heroin use is making headlines. Media outlets are calling it a crisis, an epidemic and tainted heroin is being blamed for more than 20 deaths in Pennsylvania. See reports: ABCWCCOCNN.

Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and addiction specialist Daniel Hall-Flavin, M.D., says heroin is highly addictive and creates a vicious downward spiral. He also says the increase of prescription opioids, the last 10-12 years, could be related to an increased use of heroin. Dr. Hall-Flavin adds, "It's prevalant, deadly but doesn't have to be."

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Hall-Flavin are available in the downloads.

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