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CDC Reports Heroin-Related Deaths Continue to Rise
Prescription opioid deaths level out

Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show deaths related to heroin use have increased for the third year in a row, while deaths related to prescription painkillers have remained level since 2012. According to 2013 drug overdose mortality data, heroin-related deaths surged 39 percent over 2012. Deaths involving prescription opioids increased 1 percent in the same period.

“The nation’s drug problem is evolving, and requires a comprehensive solution — including preventing drug use before it ever begins, reducing the supply coming from foreign nations, educating our nation’s youth on the risks of substance use, and the work of our nation’s federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to continue reducing the amount of trafficking within the United States,” said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.