Opium production booms as U.S. heroin use rises

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NEW YORK, New York - A new report from the United Nations. says opium production in southeast Asia is booming. Production of the drug has tripled since 2006, becoming a $16.3 billion business. The region known as the golden triangle produced nearly 800 tons of opium, which was most likely turned into more than 75 tons of heroin.

In the U.S., The Center for Disease Control says heroin use is rising. Death rates from the drug doubled between 2010 and 2012. The agency blames a greater heroin supply, coupled with reduced access to prescription painkillers. Many addicts are ditching painkillers for the cheaper high of heroin.

The good news is that many police departments are now carrying a new drug hailed as the heroin antidote. It is called Nalaxone, and it is capable of reviving someone during an overdose through a nasal-spray application. Sadly, as demand for the antidote increases, the price is also skyrocketing.