US Heroin Use Jumps as Costs Drop

U.S. health officials said on Tuesday that heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters that such medicines, which include Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, increase individuals' susceptibility to heroin addiction.