According to experts, the crackdown on prescription painkillers has contributed to more young people looking for cheaper and more accessible drugs. Proximity to major airports and transportation stations has made buying heroin much easier.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says U.S. drug poisoning deaths involving heroin went up 45% from 2006 to 2010. And the Drug Enforcement Administration says the amount of heroin seized each year at the southwest U.S. border increased 232% from 2008 to 2012.
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