“The White House on Monday announced a $2.5 million initiative to address rising heroin use across the Northeast by, for the first time, pairing public health workers and law enforcement in order to incorporate treatment options into crackdown efforts.
The partnership will span 15 states from New England to Washington, D.C., and help public safety officials better share information about heroin use in order to track where the drug is coming from, monitor deadly heroin overdoses and provide training to first responders on handling overdoses.
The new efforts are a response to the increase in heroin use across the United States over the last decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. More than 8,200 people died in 2013.
Health officials believe opioid painkiller abuse is one of the main drivers of the recent uptick heroin use in recent years, with the CDC noting that 45 percent of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.”
The White House press release can be accessed at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/17/white-house-drug-policy-office-funds-new-projects-high-intensity-drug
Source: WashingtonTimes.com – August 17, 2015