Infographic: Emergency Rooms See Enhance in Heroin Sufferers

By Ronnie Polidoro

Heroin abuse has almost doubled in America in the last 5 years. Attorney General Eric Holder not too long ago referred to as heroin use in this nation an “urgent public wellness crisis,” citing that in between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths have elevated by 45-%.

Among single-substance visits, heroin accounted for 258,482 of all emergency department visits involving illicit medication in 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Psychological Overall health Services Administration. Heroin came 2nd only to cocaine with 505,224 visits.

Authorities believe the enhance in heroin use, in portion, is basic economics. As the nation cracked down on prescription drug abuse, soreness tablets grew to become tougher to come by – driving up price.

NBC’;s National Correspondent Kate Snow will have much more on the startling climb of heroin use tonight on “Nightly Information with Brian Williams.”

Very first published April 8 2014, 5:17 AM

Ronnie Polidoro

Ronnie Polidoro is a producer for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” in New York. He would like you to hold your phone horizontally when taking video.

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