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Spike in Heroin Usage Leads to New Medical Dilemma

By Farzana Paleker
An uptick in the use of heroin (and the sharing of dirty needles) has resulted in a 50 percent increase in the number of cases of recurrent heart valve disease. This phenomenon has presented Florida heart surgeons with an ethical dilemma: continue to provide these patients with expensive treatment, or turn them away.
This increase, surgeons say, places a huge burden on the state: tax money is used to provide …

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