Ohio Mystery: Why Is State a Heroin Epicenter?

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Ohio, Texas and California are similar in several important respects, but the Buckeye State differs in one tragic way: Each is a large and urban state and, before the heroin epidemic in 2010, the amount of opioids prescribed per person was relatively close to the national average. Unlike the other two states, the rate of heroin deaths in Ohio spiked between 2010 and 2015, becoming the nation's highest. The differences between the big states could hardly be more stark . . .

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