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Heroin Overdoses Now Kill More Americans than Gun Homicides

In 2015, for the first time ever, the number of heroin overdoses in America outnumbered the number of gun homicide deaths, according to new government statistics released Thursday. Deaths from heroin overdoses spiked by 23 percent in 2015, up to 12,989, while the number of gun deaths, which also rose, landed at 12,979, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its annual report on the number of deaths and death rates. In 1999, slightly more...

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