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Lives Lost

The following information is a sample of the emergency room visits, overdose and death statistics for 2008 reported by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN).

In Arizona, DAWN reported that the use of Opiates in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area (represents about 60% of the State population) resulted in 8,760 drug-related emergency room visits (2,712 involved Heroin), 440 deaths (59 involved Heroin, 97 involved Methadone) and 60 suicides (4 involved Methadone).

In Colorado, overdoses of Heroin and Opiates, such as Oxycontin, kill more illicit and prescription drug users than AIDS (57), Hepatitis (129) and homicide (191). In 2008, DAWN reported that the use of Opiates in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metro Area (represents about 50% of the State population) resulted in 8,081 drug-related emergency room visits (1,321 involved Heroin), 282 deaths (36 involved Heroin, 35 involved Methadone) and 42 suicides (4 involved Methadone).

In Florida, DAWN reported that in 2008, the use of Opiates resulted in 8,533 drug-related emergency room visits. The State of Florida reported 3.155 Opiate drug-related deaths. DEA-ARCOS reported the top 25 Oxycodone dispensing practitioners in the USA were ALL in Florida, concentrated in 5 Counties: Broward, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

In Illinois, DAWN reported that the use of Opiates in the Chicago Metro Area (represents about 58% of State population) resulted in 35,780 drug-related emergency room visits (23,931 involved Heroin), 634 deaths (93 involved Heroin, 53 involved Methadone) and 30 suicides.

In Minnesota, DAWN reported that in 2008, the use of Opiates resulted in 7,573 drug-related emergency room visits (1,651 involved Heroin), 131 deaths and 10 suicides.

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