America in Crisis:
~ NPR Report, February 2, 2016
A rural and urban problem
Deaths Due to Opiates Climb to All Time Highs
Overdoses Deaths across the US, by county, by year.
Select a a year to see opioid deaths spread across the US.
Heroin Use is on the Rise
Heroin Use Up Across All Age Groups
Despite the dangers associated with heroin use, its use
has increased in the population. About
435,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users
in 2014. While historically heroin use has been more prevalent in the 26 and over age group, most alarming was the number and percentage increase among people 18-25 years of age. Collectively, these two age groups represent 686,000 adults. Without intervention and support, this concerning trend will continue to rise and potentially impact a greater part of young adult and child population. (Source: SAMHSA)
Addiction Driving an Overdose Epidemic
Learning about the crisis and staying informed
Watch the PBS Frontline documentary Chasing Heroin; that originally aired on February 23, 2016 to learn more.