Did You Know?

According to the CDC ( the Center for Disease Control), the latest statistics show that:

8200 people die from heroin overdoses annually.

In 2014, 18,893 people died of a fatal opioid overdoses.

75% of  opioid addiction disease patients switch to heroin as a much cheaper and more potent alternative than prescription opioids.

In 2012, 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written;  enough for every adult in America to have a bottle.

Opioid addiction disease occurs in every American state, county, socio-economic and ethnic group.

23% of heroin users develop chronic opioid addiction disease.

Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2012, killing more than motor vehicle accidents.  The CDC has seen a 102% increase in overdose deaths from 1999-2010.  This number is rising every year.

Every 12 minutes, someone in this country dies of an overdose.

ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) defines addiction as:

A chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior and drug use despite harmful consequence.