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February 3rd, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Heroin use on the rise in the U.S.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a devastating loss and his suspected drug use is bringing new attention to an alarming trend OutFront has been reporting on for weeks.

The number of people using heroin is rising dramatically across the United States and quickly becoming a national crisis.

Between 2002 and 2012 heroin use has jumped more than 100 percent nationwide and overdose deaths increased 55 percent from 2000 to 2010.

CNN'S Ted Rowlands has more OutFront.


Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Heroin • News
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  1. sez you

    Please ask Feds where all this dope is coming from, I think they know but nobodies asking, which means the drug trade in this country is protected.

    February 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  2. joe dunn

    The world is awesome.especially the United states of America.it's just the people in this world and country.who don't know how to act,treat other people.follow the laws.everyday just keeps getting worser and worser.hopefully God comes to earth soon.beginning something soooooo bad happens.that puts a end to human life. Amen p.s. God helps and help this world.we really need your help.and guidance.through Jesus Christ I pray

    February 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  3. Michael Brophy, M.D.

    I suppose it's nice to have a scold around the house and Dr. Drew performs that function even if the objects of his scolding have nothing to do, as a class of people, with the case. Mimi O'Donnell, Hoffman's ex-partner, saw him on repeated occasions 'high' in the day or so before his death. What could have helped would have been if there was an investigation for a possible heroin related arrest. Not saying he's got 50 bags of heroin he's automatically a dealer and does 10-20 in New York but maybe 10-20 days could have relieved us of Dr. Drew's scolding and Hoffman of his death.

    February 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply

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