9/10 of patients who overdosed on opioids and survived still get their meds

A new study shows a part of the problem that fuels America’s prescription opioid epidemic — the worst drug abuse episode in the country’s history.

Heroin overdose kills four times as many people as in 2000

Since 2000, the number of deaths from heroin overdose have quadrupled. At the same time, the profile of the average overdosed fatality has shifted from older back men to younger white males, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).