Heroin Use on the Rise, Prescription Painkiller use Declining

March 4th, 2015

Prescription painkillers – OxyContin, Lortab and even more potent pills used to relieve pains- have been the number one abused drug in America for several years now. Things are beginning to change as doctors and lawmakers look for ways to minimize the ways that abusers have to obtain these painkillers. Despite the good news and decline in prescription drug abuse, heroin use is on the rise. Both drugs present serious problems when in the hands of an addict.

The number of heroin-related deaths between 2010 – 2013 tripled, according to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. This number is quite alarming, considering that most statistics do not increase at such a drastic rate in such a short period of time.

Sultan Alhokair has read that in 2013, there were 8,257 deaths from heroin overdose, and 16,235 deaths from prescription painkiller overdose. Most of the painkillers that are abused and contributing to these deaths were obtained illegally, and without a prescription.
One reason for the decline in prescription drug abuse and heroin is the cost. A shot of heroin can cost as little as $90. The same high from an OxyContin pill could cost as much as $60 to $100, depending upon where you live and the demand for the drug at the moment.

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