New report shows heroin-related deaths quadrupled over 10 years

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(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control, heroin-related deaths have quadrupled over the past 10 years in the United States.

The report found overdose fatalities have risen by 286 percent from 2002 to 2013 when 8,200 people died.

The CDC also found those addicted to opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin, and Tennessee was listed as one of the top five states for opioid painkiller prescriptions.

The state itself has 143 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. Mississippi is not far behind with 120 prescriptions per 100 people.

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