The heroin epidemic has been brewing across the nation for a few years now. Heroin is being used at a high rate in communities of all kinds throughout the country these days. Being a hard, powerful drug, those looking for a high run the risk of death by overdose. Studies have shown that deaths caused by heroin overdoses have quadrupled over the last 13 years.
Number show that the number of heroin deaths have jumped from 0.7 deaths per 100,000 people in the year 2000, to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013. The biggest incline occurred between 2010 and 2013 when the number skyrocketed by 37 percent in comparison to a six percent rise the previous decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The demographic of the people dying from heroin overdoses has also changed. In 2000, the ethnic group with the highest number of deaths was Black adults aged 45 to 64, with 2 deaths per 100,000 yearly. In 2013, the report shows that the leading group is now White adults aged 18 to 44, with a rate of 7 deaths per 100,000.
Reports also show that the males are dying from heroin more than women with 6,500 male deaths compared to 1,700 female deaths. The deaths increased in all regions of the country, but the Midwest showed the biggest leap with the death rate in 2013 being 11 times higher than it was in 2000. The rate quadrupled in the Northeast, tripled in the South and doubled in the West.
Doctors cite the rise of prescription pills as a reason for the spike in heroin use. The prescription pills turn into an addiction for people and they go on to transition to heroin use because it is cheaper and produces a quicker high.