The Heroin Statistics That Spooked the White House

Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of people dying from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. almost quadrupled. This dramatic increase, as well as a spike in heroin use, is why the White House introduced Monday a $5 million program aimed at curbing heroin use and trafficking. Half of the money will go to a program that emphasizes treatment over prosecution of drug addicts. The Washington Post first reported the plan and the reasoning behind it, citing two senior administration officials. Here’s how it will work:

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