Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heroin Use on Rise in Maine

Reports from the state attorney general's office indicate that heroin abuse has grown in Maine. 2012 saw the death of 28 people in the state dying from overdoses. The increase in heroin use is partly because of the increase in regulations to restrict prescriptions for oxycodone. The price of heroin has become cheaper and the supply more plentiful as Afghanistan is flooding the world market with opium from its ever-increasing crop of poppy. It is anticipated that 2013 heroin related deaths in Maine will exceed the number in 2012. Read more in "Fatal overdoses quadruple as heroin tightens grip on Maine", Portland Press Herald, January 16, 2014.

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