"I've been with the DEA almost 30 years, and I have to tell you, I've never see it this bad." - Jack Riley, acting deputy administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The spike in opioid-related deaths and the term "heroin epidemic" has finally reached lawmakers and White House officials who are grimly concerned and scrambling to contain heroin addiction in the U.S.
Riley told lawmakers that of the 120 drug overdose deaths seen per day in the U.S., more than half are from heroin and prescription painkillers. These statistics show an exponential increase in heroin use in just a few short years with no indications that this fatal trend will decline.
Two major reasons for the soaring heroin use is the overprescribing and easy access to prescription drugs and the Mexican cartel's heavy trafficking of heroin across U.S. borders.
Lawmakers are continuously writing bills to address these reasons and help curb overdoses altogether. Although no bills have been successfully passed to date, the realization that our nation is amidst a heroin epidemic is a start that will conceivably lead to aggressive action.
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