Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years

October 2, 2014 8:46 PM

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Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years

In just two years, deaths from heroin overdoses doubled in the U.S., according to a new report (PDF) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a survey of 28 states, the agency found the death rate increased from 1.0 to 2.1 per 100,000. At the same time, deaths from heroin’s prescription counterparts, opioid pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, declined from 6.0 per 100,000 in 2010 to 5.6 per 100,000 in 2012.

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