Hoffman’s death highlights U.S. spike in heroin use

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Heroin is one of the world’s most powerful drugs. One out of every four people who try heroin become addicted to it, according to U.S. government research. A user typically builds up a tolerance quickly, requiring an ever-increasing amount of heroin to produce the same high.

“You have a lot of kids, starting out, thinking they’ll never shoot heroin,” Mr. Pasierb said. “But it’s just that addicting. You start by snorting, then smoking, then shooting it. Using heroin is like playing Russian roulette. We’re now just beginning to see the human wreckage caused by the drug.”

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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell covers national security for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and ...

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