CDC Reports Rise In Heroin Use, Overdose Deaths

One major television news network, along with several major newspapers, media outlets and wire sources, cover a troubling rise in overdose deaths from heroin, as detailed in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all the sources quote CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, who expressed alarm at this trend and who tied it to a new set of public health problems.

NBC Nightly News (7/7, story 6, 2:35, Holt) reported that the CDC released “alarming new numbers…showing a dramatic rise in the heroin epidemic,” with heroin overdose deaths nearly quadrupling between 2002 and 2013, and the number of women using the drug doubling.

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— “CDC Report Notes Alarming Rise in Heroin Use Across U.S.,” Erika Edwards, NBC Nightly News, July 7, 2015.

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