Article: In Pennsylvania, Heroin Easier to Get Than Wine, Cheaper Than Beer

In Pennsylvania, Heroin Easier to Get Than Wine, Cheaper Than Beer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday.

Overdose deaths have climbed steadily since 1990, when drug deaths in rural areas of the state were at one per 100,000 population. As of 2011, that figure stood at 13 deaths per 100,000, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania said in the report.

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