Number of Heroin and Prescription Drugs Overdose Deaths in the US

Based on media reports from 2014, the latest available figures on the number of overdose deaths in the United States from heroin and prescription drugs abuse is as follows:

In 2010, there were 13,652 deaths from overdosing on prescription drugs in the United States. The number of deaths from overdosing on prescription drugs was more than triple the deaths reported in 1999.

For heroin, there were 2,789 deaths caused by overdosing on heroin in 2010.

(Cost of heroin around the world.)

Source:  Andrew Blankstein, “Heroin Overdose ‘Cure’ Exists, But Can Users Find It?,” NBC News, February 19, 2014.