"... obituaries don't reflect the stunning number of people dying in big cities, small towns and rural communities because of addictions to heroin or other opiates. An estimated 435,000 Americans use heroin, according to 2014 figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, nearly triple the number who used in 2007.
Every day, 78 people in the United States die from an opiate overdose — 29 of them from heroin alone, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's more than 10,500 deaths a year attributed to heroin and more than 28,000 deaths because of opiate overdoses.
By comparison, more than 35,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year.
But the overdose numbers don't fully reflect heroin’s hold on us."
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|Lisa and Terry Blunt say that when their 22-year-old daughter, Beth, lost her battle with addiction, it was important to share that in her obituary to create awareness about the heroin crisis in America. MAX GERSH/Rockford Register Star|