(Washington Post) The heroin overdose death rate is rising and it's widespread.
The rate more than doubled from 2010 to 2012, with overdose deaths per 100,000 people rising from 1 to 2.1, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review of data from 28 states. Rates showed statistically significant increases for both sexes, all age groups, all census regions and all but one race/ethnic group: American Indians/Alaska Natives.
Although the distribution of the population studied — data from 28 states — closely matches the U.S. population by age, sex and race/ethnicity, the findings are not necessarily nationally representative, the authors note. (But existing data show that heroin deaths nationally rose by 45 percent from 2010 to 2011, the biggest annual jump since 1999.)
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