The face of hillbilly heroin and other images of narcotic abuse.

Rachel Lagos, Michael Hogan, Karthikram Raghuram

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The nationally recognized popularity of recreational intranasal oxycodone abuse among rural Appalachians is apparent to West Virginian healthcare providers. Three recent cases of narcotic-induced injury at WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital demonstrate the facial bone necrosis associated with "hillbilly heroin" abuse as well as other imaging features of narcotic-induced intracranial ischemia. This paper shows how diagnostic imaging may facilitate clinical evaluation of patients with narcotic abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
JournalThe West Virginia medical journal
Issue number4 Spec No
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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