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Heroin-related overdose deaths increased
from 2010 to 2017.
Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm675152e1.
In a grim milestone, more people died from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death, 1999-2016 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2017.
Opioid painkillers like
are chemically similar to
NIDA. Opioids. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids. . Accessed May 11, 2018.
More than two-thirds of people admitted into substance abuse treatment programs first used a non-heroin opioid by age 25.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2003-2013. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.