Heroin Overdose On the Rise In US

October 3, 2014 4:55 AM

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Over the past two years in the United States heroin overdose death has doubled, according to a new government study. This should not be too much of a surprise as drug overdose deaths in the United States has been growing steadily over the past 20 years; but health officials have been more worried about other drugs, not heroin. Indeed, authorities are more concerned about the powerful class of prescription opioid medications—aka Vicodin, Oxycontin—so the “original” opioid is something a little different. Still, it is neither surprising that heroin use may also be on the rise.

But it is far more common to find painkillers involved with overdose death than heroin. And that might change soon as opioid medication related deaths are leveling off or even declining in some parts of the country, heroin related deaths continue to rise. In fact they jumped up significantly between...

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