Drug overdose deaths now exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

  • The average age of the first time heroin user is 23 years.
  • The average heroin user spends between $150 and $250 per day on his or her habit.
  • Prescription painkillers can be a gateway to heroin use.  A recent survey found that 3 out of 4 heroin addicts said they first started not with heroin, but with prescription opioids.
  • Two of the most serious long-term effects of heroin addiction are heart disease and liver failure.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse is the use of a prescription medication, controlled or non-controlled, in a manner not intended by the prescribing doctor.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control one person dies every 14 minutes in the United States of a drug overdose.
  • Enough prescription pain relievers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult every four hours for a month according to the Centers for Disease Control.


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