Almost 300% Rise in US Heroin OD Deaths Over Last Decade

I’m wandering outside my usual topics with this post, but it’s worth it. I only heard about this via Lexology, which is one of those free subscription legislation information updates. Why hasn’t it made the headline news?

The CDC and FDA just released a report called “Today’s Heroin Epidemic.” It’s not overstatement. Between 2002 and 2013, they say:

  • Heroin-related overdose deaths rose 286%
  • Heroin killed over 8,000 Americans just in 2013
  • Heroin use more than doubled in the 18-25 age group
  • “Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers.”

Here’s just one of the graphics at the above link:
From the Centers for Disease Control

In 2002, according to the US Department of Justice, drug abuse cost the US an estimated $181 billion. That was before heroin use shot up almost 300%. Who knows what costs we’re paying now…

…and it doesn’t even make the headlines. But hey, marijuana’s legal in a growing number of places today – that fits in with the media “Age of Aquarius” mentality.

I’m a Boomer, too, and yet this report has shocked me. It’s just one more piece of evidence showing how messed up is this world we’re leaving for our children. Hey, younger people – I’m very, very sorry my generation has left you so many problems and bills.

Front page images from Morguefile’s earl53 and tessy

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