Substance abuse in the United States in a wider social issue. According to a study published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ” Deaths in the U.S. from heroin overdoses doubled between 2010 and 2012 in the 28 states where data was available.” It is important to take into consideration that heroin is not the only drug that can kill people.
The rise in heroin overdose deaths from 1,779 to 3,665 comes as deaths from prescription painkillers like OxyContin—sometimes referred to as “hillbilly heroin”—have leveled off or fallen across much of the country in recent years. It is crucial that we identify the reasons why heroin is abused more than over the counter prescription drugs.
These overdoses are indicators of bigger societal problems. If we can use prevention and create more awareness of the dangers of these drugs perhaps there would be less deaths.
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