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  1. Heroin Deaths Rise Signaling New Epidemic

    The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman highlights what experts already knew: The United States is in the grip of a new heroin crisis. Unlike the drug scourge of the 1970s, this time it knows no geographic or demographic bounds. The number of U.S. heroin users jumped an estimated 80 percent between 2007 and 2012, and the number of deaths attributed to heroin overdose rose 55 percent between 2000 and 2010. Experts say a crackdown on prescription pain pills has pushed many of those users towards heroin, while increased production in Mexico has made supplies more readily available.

    Sources: WSJUSA Today

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