Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced a $13.4 million plan to curb heroin use and prescription opioid abuse and addiction in specific Northeastern jurisdictions. This move comes as the CDC reports that heroin use has increased a staggering 63 percent over the last 10 years. The agency has proposed that such a rapid increase is tied to prescription narcotics. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids. The program will target illegal trafficking of the drugs in areas that have been particularly hard hit by the epidemic, including Appalachia, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. However, the effort has been criticized for its overreliance on the police and its comparatively small budget.
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