CDC: Almost 13k Heroin-Related Deaths in 2015

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Heroin now kills more Americans than gun violence.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals there were nearly 13,000 heroin-related deaths in 2015 — slightly surpassing the number of gun homicides.

It’s a big change from just eight years ago, when gun murders outnumbered heroin deaths by more than five to one.

Overall, deaths from all Opioids — including prescription painkillers — topped 30,000 for the first time in recent history.

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