Drug overdoses cause more deaths than car accidents annually in the United States.
The Center for Disease Control reported more than 43,000 drug overdose deaths in 2013, most of which were caused by opioid painkillers. In Washington state, deaths from opiate overdose, specifically heroin, are on the rise among adults younger than 30.
Opiates include prescription painkillers, like Vicodin and Oxycodone, and heroin. Each have a similar effect on the brain.