Pain Pill Use Drops While Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket

  • metta

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    Mar 05, 2015 7:48 PM GMT
    Pain Pill Use Drops While Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket


    As doctors crack down on the misuse of prescription painkillers, more people are turning to heroin — and dying because of it.

    "The number of people dying from heroin overdoses in the United States nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, according to a study published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In contrast, the number of deaths from painkillers over the same period leveled out, the study found."

    "Though the rate of heroin deaths has risen sharply, the raw number of deaths due to heroin is still less than that of opioid analgesics, drugs commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain. In 2013, 8,257 people died as a result of heroin overdoses and 16,235 died from painkillers."

    "In 2003, there were about 314,000 heroin users in the United States. A decade later there were 681,000."

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/pain-pill-use-drops-while-heroin-overdoses-shoot-up
  • metta

    Posts: 39107

    Mar 05, 2015 7:52 PM GMT
    Heroin /ˈhɛroʊɪn/ (diacetylmorphine or morphine diacetate, also known as diamorphine (BAN, INN[4]) and commonly known by its street names of H, smack, boy, horse, brown, black, tar, and others[5] is an opioid analgesic originally synthesized by C.R. Alder Wright in 1874 by adding two acetyl groups to the molecule morphine, which is found naturally in the opium poppy. It is the 3,6-diacetyl ester of morphine. Administered intravenously by injection, heroin is two to four times more potent than morphine and is faster in its onset of action.[6]


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin