The CDC said 8,257 people died of heroin-related deaths in 2013, compared with 5,925 deaths in 2012. The number of overdose deaths overall increased to 43,982 from 41,340.
Many more Americans die from prescription opioids. But the rise in fatal heroin overdoses came as users of prescription painkillers switched to the cheaper, illicit street drug. The heroin deaths contributed to an overall 6 percent jump in drug overdose deaths in 2013 from 2012.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – January 12, 2014
Note: The CDC press release can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0114-drug-overdose.html
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