The new data shows drug overdose deaths from drugs like painkillers and heroin have risen from 6.1 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 13.1 in 2012. Drug overdose deaths involving heroin in particular have nearly tripled over the time period.
According to the report, in 2012 alone, there were 41,502 drug overdose deaths, of which 16,007 involved opioid analgesics and 5,925 involved heroin.”
The CDC National Center for Health Statistics Report can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/drug_poisoning/drug_poisoning.htm
Source: New York Times – December 2, 2014