Heroin Deaths In The U.S. Are Skyrocketing
Deaths from heroin overdoses are skyrocketing in the United States, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2010 and 2013, they nearly tripled. Over 8,200 Americans died from heroin overdoses in 2013, averaging 23 every day.
One possible explanation for the increase in overdoses is the abuse of prescription painkillers. 75 percent of people who started using heroin after 2000 previously abused prescription opioids like oxycodone and fentanyl. Many switched to heroin because it was cheaper, easier to obtain and chemically similar to those opioids.
The death rate for males was nearly four times higher than for females in 2013. Indeed, Britain is experiencing a similar trend in terms of drug poisoning, especially in terms of gender. Men are far more likely to generally take risks than women and are more prone to ignoring the dangers of drug abuse.
- Number of heroin overdose deaths U.S. 1999-2015Number of heroin overdose deaths U.S. 1999-2015
- Heroin & methadone related deaths in England and Wales 2015, by genderHeroin & methadone related deaths in England and Wales 2015, by gender
- Death from drug poisoning by heroin and morphine in England and Wales 1993-2015Death from drug poisoning by heroin and morphine in England and Wales 1993-2015
- Drug overdose death rate by U.S. states by 2016Drug overdose death rate by U.S. states by 2016
- Number of illicit drug users worldwide by drug 2010-2014Number of illicit drug users worldwide by drug 2010-2014
- Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide 1990-2014Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide 1990-2014
- Illegal drug users - Global prevalence 1990-2014Illegal drug users - Global prevalence 1990-2014
- Countries with the highest number of drug deaths 2014Countries with the highest number of drug deaths 2014
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