Deaths Involving Heroin and Fentanyl Spike as Prescription Opioid Deaths Decline
Overdose deaths involving heroin and fentanyl are spiking, while deaths due to prescription opioids are declining, new research concludes.
Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 328% between 2010 and 2015, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now seeing a sharp rise as well. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.