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As Rx deaths dip, heroin overdoses surge
As Rx deaths dip, heroin overdoses surge

Prescription drug deaths declined in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade, but a surge in fatal heroin overdoses wiped out the modest improvement, according to U.S. government statistics released Wednesday. Fatal heroin overdoses rose 35% to 5,927, while deaths involving chemically similar prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin dropped 5% to 16,007, for an overall increase, according to figures released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The statistics reflect, at least in part, the switch among addicts from prescription painkillers to heroin, which is cheaper and can be easier to get. "Overall, we are not...

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