“Heroin-related deaths nearly tripled in the U.S. within just three years and quadrupled in 13, according to new federal data.
The new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that from 2000 to 2013, drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin increased fourfold, from 0.7 deaths per 100,000 people to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people. The rate was about four times higher among men than among women in 2013.
Heroin-related drug-poisoning deaths have increased in all age groups, races and ethnic groups, the data show. Every region in the U.S. also experienced an increase, and the Midwest experienced the biggest jump.”
Read more at: http://time.com/3730128/heroin-deaths-painkillers/
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Source: Time.com – March 4, 2014