DEA updates heroin threat assessment

In an update of the 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary, the DEA, released some new numbers that highlight the growing trend of opioid abuse in the country.

Most noteworthy, the report noted that 19 people died between Jan. and March this year from taking fentanyl that was disguised as a prescription drug. The DEA noted that there has been a rise in counterfeit drugs being created with fentanyl, as it is a cheaper alternative to the real thing.

Main takeaways from the report:

  • In 2007 there were 161,000 reported heroin users nationwide…. in 2014, there were 435,000
  • Between 2013 and 2014, deaths caused by synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, rose 79 percent.
  • Heroin was a factor in 3,036 deaths in 2010, but that number rose to 10,574 in 2014.

To see the full report from the DEA – click here.


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