“Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that our country is facing a major public health epidemic.
Hint: it isn’t Ebola or SARS. And it isn’t avian flu or any of the other scary sounding public health threats that so often raise alarm bells in the media.
What is it? Drug addiction. An epidemic largely hidden from view and generally ignored by the media, yet an epidemic that far too many families across the country have been painfully aware of for some time. The particular drug that has risen to epidemic levels of abuse at this time is heroin. Heroin led to more than 8,000 overdose deaths in 2013 alone; rates of heroin addiction have quadrupled in just over a decade.
Source: Philly.com – August 17, 2015