EW YORK — More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.

The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

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  • More than 80,000 people died from Alcohol and/or Alcohol related that same year, but yet, it is still legal, and I don’t see the ATF kicking up any sand over it.
    All the while our Precious DEA is complaining about opioids/heroine being an epidemic? LOL. Not even close to Alcohol related DEAths
    As I said before abolish the DEA because they frantically depend on these high numbers for better jobs while squandering our tax dollars playing GI Joe on our doctors and pharmicists (because they are easy targets and safer) and use that money to rehabilitate the people and all those DEA folks can acquire skills that more constructive.

  • Wrong. Alcohol is a drug. “n estimated 88,0009 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women9) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.”

    But probably more than that die from smoking tobacco! US is still trying to do prohibition on opiods & sponsoring crime.

  • We lost our son in July 2014 at age 22 from Heroin overdose after a long eight year spiral into drug use which started with abusing marijuana. During these years he easily bought illegal drugs as well as prescription drugs from his friends parents medicine cabinets… He also purchased synthetic packaged drugs from “Smoke Shops” also called “Head Shops” which sale their harmful addictive products in decorated packages, call them different names and can legally sale them. Our son was sold “bath salts” from a Smoke shop which he crushed and snorted. The product ate holes in his brain and was causing liver damage and his body to shut down within one week of daily use. He was delusional and put into ICU for two days. He survived it but damage done… Society has a whole has to make changes. People have to be educated on the disease of addiction, doctors have to be more restricted on writing prescriptions, much tighter border control, Smoke shops regulated, kids taught about the dangers of drugs use and what they are saying no to. “Just Say No” is not working anymore and Red Ribbon Week has become more about door decorating and dress up than the seriousness of drug use in most schools. A change of mind set and the ability to deal with stress and pain has to start at a young age so as people get older they will not rely so much on pain killers and drugs which alter the brain. Xanax was very easy for Hayden to get and so addictive. He later took up Heroin and this became his drug of choice. Families should not have to live the way we did with our son during his battle. Society has much work to do to combat this problem.

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