Friday, July 10, 2015

Statement from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids President and CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor on New CDC Report on Heroin Overdose Deaths

Partnership fpr Drug-Free Kids, July 10, 2015

Heroin and prescription painkiller abuse is having a devastating effect on public health and safety across the United States – and without proper prevention and treatment, more families and communities will be impacted.

According to a concerning new report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013. The CDC also cites the surge in heroin abuse is largely due to the increased abuse of prescription (Rx) opioids. National research studies show that 4 out of 5 heroin users first began with recreational use of prescription pain relievers[1] and nearly 50 percent of young people who inject heroin started by abusing Rx drugs.[2]

The new CDC data is further evidence that more must be done to prevent heroin abuse and prevention and treatment are key components to turning the tide on heroin and prescription drug addictions. We know from experience that the most effective way to confront these challenges is to initiate a comprehensive response that addresses all aspects of this critical public health issue. Read more

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