Deaths from Heroin, Cocaine Up in 2013, Rx Opioids Steady
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced that mortality rates due to fatal overdoses from heroin and cocaine increased in 2013, while deaths related to prescription opioids remained stable compared to 2012.
Since 2012, there has been a 6% increase in all deaths related to drug poisoning; deaths involving opioid analgesics increased only 1%, while those involving cocaine increased 12%. The most significant increase was seen in heroin-related deaths, which surged 39% from 2012 rates.
The Department of Justice recently released a toolkit for law enforcement on the use of the opioid-reversal drug naloxone; law enforcement agencies across the nation have equipped and trained officers with naloxone since the first pilot program was launched in 2010 in Quincy, MA.
Although officials state that the Administration's efforts to curb the nonmedical use of prescription drugs, additional work is still needed in reducing inappropriate prescribing to prevent overdose from prescription opioids and heroin.
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