06 Mar Heroin Deaths Up
According to Time, “a 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.”
As we’ve reported before, the uptick seems to be connected to the growing prescription drug abuse problem in America.
According to CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) “Many teens and young adults are obtaining their medicines from friends or relatives and specific doctors who perhaps are prone to prescribing these medications more often than not.” This means it’s more important than ever to spread the word about the hazards of sharing medications as well as protecting medications from theft.