The White House announced a new initiative this week that will be aimed at combating the shocking rise in heroin deaths facing our country. Between 2002 and 2013, deaths due to heroin overdose nearly quadrupled. On top of that, 45% of heroin users are addicted to painkillers. The announcement of the “Heroin Response Strategy” from the Obama administration on Monday highlighted a new plan aimed at treating addicts and targeting suppliers for arrest. Addressing the heroin and opiate painkiller epidemics as public health and safety concerns will help the right resources to be directed toward the initiative. The strategic moves will be directed at regions facing severe heroin issues- many of them being eastern states.

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