New York sees high heroin death toll

August 28, 2014 8:56 PM

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New York sees high heroin death toll

New York City has reported that the death toll from unintentional heroin overdoses has been the highest since 2003. 420 heroin overdoses were counted among 782 drug overdoses, with most of the remainder occuring from opioid pills.

The death toll from heroin has more than doubled over the last three years, presenting a growing challenge to city officials who have so far been unable to reverse the rise. By contrast, amid a concerted effort to stem prescription pill abuse, especially on Staten Island, overdoses from opioid pills...

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