Heroin's back - but prescription opiates are still a bigger problem

January 9, 2014
by David Weinberg
National Public Radio's Marketplace

Transcript below, audio here.

The governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, gave his State of the State speech yesterday and devoted the address to a single issue, the heroin epidemic in his state. The number of heroin overdoses in Vermont has doubled since the previous year. Shulmin pressed lawmakers to increase the state's budget for treatment facilities, a much less expensive alternative to prison.

Vermont is not alone. Heroin use is on the rise in rural and suburban counties all across the U.S. In the latest federal survey of drug use found the number of people who used heroin recently nearly doubled to 335,000 in the last five years.


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