4/25/2014, In Plano [TX] as in New York City, Heroin Is a Killer

http://reportingtexas.com/in-plano-as-in-new-york-city-heroin-is-a-killer/

In 2013, seven people died of heroin overdoses in Plano – the same number as in 1997, when the Dallas suburb gained notoriety for a sudden uptick in heroin deaths among its youth. Today, heroin deaths remain grimly steady but with a difference: The average victim is now 30, according to Plano police.

There were 371 heroin overdose deaths in Texas in 2012 compared to 111 deaths in 1999, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services…

Hoffman’s death also spotlighted the increased age of heroin users in America, as well as the difficulty in kicking the habit. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of heroin users grew 80 percent, from 373,000 to 669,000, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,094 people died of a heroin overdose in the United States in 2010, up 55 percent from 2000…

The Drug Enforcement Administration said one reason heroin use is on the rise is because of its increased availability and the fact that it is cheaper than prescription painkillers, which can create initial dependence…

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The fallacy of “Heroin Overdose” is repeated by both journalist and those in the field of drug abuse and addiction . Inspite of research more than 40 years ago debunking the the myth.“Heroin overdose is almost nonexistent. Rather, heroin users who concurrently take tranquilizers, alcohol, and cocaine are those at risk for sudden death. But the promotion of the idea of heroin overdose (seen most recently in the well-off Texas suburb of Plano and the urban ghetto of Strathclyde, Scotland) likely encourages people to use heroin along with other drugs or alcohol.”l “The Persistent, Dangerous Myth of Heroin Overdose” DPFT News (Drug Policy Forum of Texas), August, 1999, p. 5 © Copyright 1998 Stanton Peele. All rights reserved.””http://www.peele.net/lib/overdose.html

“Hype Overdose, Why does the press automatically accept reports of heroin overdoses, no matter how thin the evidence?” National Review, November 7, 1994, pp. 59-60 © Copyright 1994 Stanton Peele. All rights reserved. http://www.peele.net/lib/overdose.html

“The Consumers Union Report – Licit and Illicit Drugs, Chapter 12. The “heroin overdose” mystery and other occupational hazards of addiction” by Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports Magazine 1972http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/cu/cu12.htm

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