• Heroin overdoses have tripled between 2010 and 2014.
  • Deaths involving heroin are increasing faster than any other illegal drug, more than tripling between 2007 (2402) and 2014 (10,574).
  • Drug overdose deaths have become the leading cause of death in the US.
  • In the Chicago area based on a per-capital rate – heroin related ER visits is 3 times the nation average.
  • Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
  • Fentanyl is cheaper and easier to manufacture than heroin.
  • Fentanyl is responsible for an increase in overdoses.
  • Heroin is cheap. Currently, the street value for a small bag of heroin is around $10.
  • Heroin is everywhere, yes even your nice suburb.
  • You can snort it, inject it, or smoke it.
  • Heroin is the second most common drug for which individuals enter treatment, after alcohol.
  • Most new users are suburban white teens and young adults.