Opioid, Heroin Deaths Continue to Climb
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 09:52 AM

Overdose deaths from both prescription opioids and heroin continued to rise in 2011, the most recent year for which data were available, according to the CDC.

While prescription opioid deaths followed a more than decade-long trend and increased about 2% to 16,917, heroin deaths jumped by 44% -- from 3,036 in 2010 to 4,397.

Deaths involving benzodiazepines, which are commonly used concomitantly with opioids, also continued to rise, showing up in 31% of opioid overdose deaths in 2011, up from 30% in 2010.

A physician and researcher with the CDC in Atlanta, said about 75% of heroin users say they started out by using prescription opioids.

 Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/PublicHealth/46594