Heroin crisis hits most age groups hard; already deadlier than gun homicides

A fresh report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that heroin overdose deaths have quickly increased across five age groups between 15 and 64.

Across the nation, heroin deaths have spiked in those age groups since 2010. The hardest-hit group, ages 25 to 34, is also seeing the rate of deaths accelerating. The rate of death rate went from 2.2 for every 100,000 people to 9.7 in that age group, the CDC reported.

That jibes with The Palm Beach Post’s findings in its Heroin: Killer Of A Generation series, which found that most heroin-related overdose deaths in Palm Beach County in 2015 were people under the age of 35.

What does this mean? In 2015, some 12,989 people died of heroin overdoses. That’s about 2,000 people more than were killed in gun homicides a year earlier. Put another way, for every five times someone was shot to death by another person, six people died of heroin overdoses.

The Post tallied 216 deaths from heroin-related overdoses in 2015 in its reporting. Here, for every person who was slain by any manner, two people died of a heroin-related overdose.

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