1 In Every 4 Drug Overdoses Are From Heroin, Study Shows

Sahash Khanal - Author
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Feb. 26 2017, Updated 8:25 a.m. ET

Opioids are still, it appears, the prime killer drugs in the United States. A recent report released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost 25 percent of all drug overdoses in the year 2015 were caused by Heroin, CNN reported. In contrast, only 6 percent of all overdoses in 1999 were related to Heroin.

The report released on Friday showed that opioids in general were responsible for over 60 percent of all overdose related deaths in 2015. The number is an increase from the 50 percent in 2010. Heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl are all categorized as opioids, owing to their similar chemical structure.

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