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Report: Heroin use increases among Charlotte professionals

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Powerful prescription painkillers are proving more difficult to get, so an increasing number of people from more affluent Charlotte neighborhoods are turning to heroin, according to USA Today.

USA Today says an increasing number of professionals -- lawyers, nurses, law enforcement officers and even ministers -- are coming to the detox ward at Carolinas Medical Center, trying to kick the habit.

“Our heroin patients come from the five best neighborhoods,” Robert Martin, director of substance abuse services at CMC, told USA Today in the article. He said the hospital has studied the ZIP codes of those seeking treatment.

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