Heroin is leading cause of drug-related deaths
In Oregon last year, more than 200 people died of drug-related deaths, and heroin was the leading cause. The Oregon State Medical Examiner released statistics Tuesday showing 223 deaths tied to illegal drugs for the year, a 7 percent drop from 2011. However, 2011 had the highest statewide total of drug-related deaths on record. The figures for 2012 represent the third highest overall total. Heroin was the leading cause of drug-related deaths in 2012, accounting for 147 cases. The report also showed that cocaine-related deaths dropped 43%.
The heroin problem is not just going on in the West. Cities and States all across the country are reporting higher over dose deaths caused by heroin. It is a scary trend, but there is a way to stop it. Treatment is the answer. If you or someone you know has a drug problem, seek help immediately before they become another statistic. Visit www.seabrook.org for information on our treatment programs.