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.