“The death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death”

In fact, death rates from overdoses in rural areas now outpace the rate in large metropolitan areas, which historically had higher rates.

Nationally, opioids were involved in more than 61 percent of deaths from overdoses in 2014. Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than tripled since 2010 and are double the rate of deaths from cocaine.

“Heroin craving continues to haunt a person for years.”

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