Heroin has surpassed prescription painkillers as the leading cause of death from drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest numbers account for the 25,426 deaths by overdose that took place between 2012 and 2014.
As recently as 2010, heroin ranked fifth, making up nearly 8% of overdose deaths compared with 14% from oxycodone. By 2014, heroin-related deaths tripled to 23%.
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