In Mo., painkillers fuel rise in heroin addiction and deaths

heroinfoilA new report out of Missouri has found that prescription drug addiction has led a growing number of addicts to turn to heroin, leading to a spike in overdose deaths. The report by the Missouri Recovery Network says the high price of opiates have made heroin a bigger drug problem than methamphetamine, according to the Kansas City Star. Many of the new heroin users are young, white and female, and the low cost of heroin – as little as $10 a bag – combined with more pill busts by law enforcement have exacerbated the trend.

In 2007, 69 people in Missouri died from heroin overdoses, but by 2011, that number had risen to 244, the article notes.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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