Pa. heroin crisis: Have you or someone you know been affected by HIV or hepatitis?

Each year, according to a Rural Center of Pennsylvania study, an estimated 30,000 teenagers will try heroin.

It's a cheap kick, about $10 per bag, typically injected into a user's veins in return for a few hours of dopamine-rattling euphoria.

But it's a thrill that comes with big risks. In addition to overdose and addiction, users who share needles are highly likely to contract HIV, Hepatitis C or other blood-borne illnesses that can mean a lifetime of health problems and stigmatization.


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