The scourge of opioid addiction is continuing unabated. People of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds are losing their lives. Even as the regulations regarding the prescription for opioids have become stricter helping to lessen the abuse of these drugs they have been replaced by heroin and fentanyl. Once the leading cause of death from drug overdoses was oxycodone, it is now heroin.
According to Vox,
By 2014, deaths linked to heroin had more than tripled from 2010 levels, making heroin responsible for almost a quarter of all drug overdose deaths. And drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled in just one year.
Thousands of people are dying each year from overdoses and it not getting better. The numbers increase from year to year. Too many are dying and too little is being done to address the epidemic.