This year’s latest surveys show that drug overdose has been causing even more deaths than in previous years. Drugs, especially heroin has made more victims than cars crashes. Therefore, one can only depict that heroin is on a killing spree.
More and more drug addicts administer themselves deadly overdoses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an article where they presented recent data about the increasing numbers of deaths caused by heroin.
The Wednesday release of the analysis was noted in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article stated that in the last 20 years the number of overdose deaths has increased about 30 percent. Comparing results have shown excruciating raising numbers of deaths. In 2002, about 6,000 people were registered as being killed by heroin overdose while in 2013, more than 8,000 people.
The most frightening fact about these high numbers is that it still continues to grow. Heroin allures more and more people into its trap, leading them defenseless against death. This year can be catalogued as being the third year when heroin produces so many victims.
What seems to be the cause of such a high rate of drug abuse? Most analysts believe that there is a link between drug addicts and drug prescription. Medication such as painkillers used in treatment recipes seems to have an impact of future drug addicts. Overtaking opioids such as vicodin are the main cause of drug abuse. In 2014, an outstanding number of 25 million people abused painkillers and opioids.
What are the officials doing in order to prevent such high numbers this year? All local and state governments have conducted several investigations on the cause of drug abuse. The result was heroin. Also, medical personnel and frauds who have illegally prescribed drugs have been severely punished.
Many pill producers that were found to be suspicious were closed down. Of course, illegal mills were also locked and sealed by the police. However, these actions seem to have a backfire effect. Because addicts cannot procure so easily illegal pills, they will turn to heroin. This drug has a low price range and it is easier to obtain.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that half of the young population which resides to heroin, first began with opioids’ doses. however, there is still hope. Since the opioid supply has become much more harder to obtain, overdose deaths are beginning to slow down.
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