In national news:

The DEA is the latest government agency to warn the public about the rising rate of drug-related deaths in the U.S. Overdoses stemming from heroin and painkiller abuse are now the leading cause of fatal injuries in the United States, surpassing even firearms and motor vehicle accidents. The DEA’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment found that more than 46,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2013. Half of those deaths were caused by the abuse of heroin or prescription painkillers. The agency cites a particular example in which over 700 people overdosed after heroin laced with fentanyl (an opioid about 25 times stronger than heroin) was introduced to the local supply.

Read further details via Workers’ Compensation 360 here. Read the DEA report here.

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