Fatal Heroin Overdoses Have Risen Fivefold Since 2002
Fatal heroin overdoses have risen fivefold from 2002 to 2016, according to a new government report. Last year, an estimated 13,219 Americans died of a heroin overdose.
Relapse happens for a variety of reasons, but one of the major ones is a loved one’s perception of having gained more control and a desire to test it out. Their thinking may be something along the lines of “I know I struggled with heroin [or another drug] in the past, but this time I know I can control my use and stop before the situation gets out of hand.”