Controlled prescription drugs, heroin and fentanyl
The abuse of prescription medication has been a serious issue across the country for a while. But now, unfortunately, users are turning to the cheaper and more potent opioids heroin and fentanyl to get high.
Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office recently released the details for 2019 drug overdose deaths in the city, which indicated that overdose deaths totaled 1,150 -- a 3% increase from the 1,116 deaths in 2018. This averages more than three overdose deaths per day in Philadelphia in 2019.
Opioids were detected in 84% of deaths in 2019. Stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine were detected in 50% of overdose deaths. Both stimulants and opioids were involved in 48% of overdose deaths.
In 2017, there were 1,217 overdose deaths in Philadelphia.
Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html