The report looks at deaths from drug overdoses from 1995 to 2015 and called them a significant public health burden in the United States.
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But experts say there is little explanation for why the use of heroin and other opioids seems to be concentrated in certain parts of the country, such as the Northeast. Lakin is a physician who introduced the bill in committee.
Death from overdosing on prescription painkillers like oxycodone actually fell over the period of the study, dropping from 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2010 to 24 percent in 2015. The rate rose by 10% a year from 1999 to 2006, by 3% from 2006 to 2013, and by 9% from 2013 to 2015.
The numbers show overdose deaths afflict middle-aged adults and white people the most.
Overdose death rates also increased among black people, from 7.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 12 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015; and among Hispanic people, the rate increased from 5 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 8 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015.
In 2015, the percentage of drug overdose deaths involving heroin (25%) was triple the percentage in 1999 (8%).
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"If addicts can't access prescription drugs, they turn to heroin and fentanyl and someone using those drugs has no idea what they are getting when they buy it, so the likelihood of an overdose increases dramatically", she said. The group with the highest rate of deaths were those 45-54.
Fatal overdoses from heroin quadrupled over the last five years according to newly released federal data showing the substance accounts for a quarter of all drug deaths.
Different age groups were also hit far harder by fatal opioid overdose than others.
In this issue, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of Brandeis University's Opioid Policy Research Center, states that this shift is only one side of the coin, as since 2010, "overdoses involving heroin has skyrocketed". In 1999, only 6 percent of registered deaths was caused by heroin, as opioids also include the use of drugs with a similar structure, such as oxycodone and synthetics like fentanyl.
Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which was created to be an elephant tranquilizer, has led in some instances to EMS personnel running out of the opioid antidote Narcan while treating a single patient, he said.
Illegal drug use can be a danger in any place. "That's going to really open up drug treatment, particularly in underserved areas", Salsitz said.