12 NEWS | Joe Dana
Preliminary statistics released by the Arizona Department of Health this week to 12 News show in 2015, heroin-related deaths went up for a fourth straight year. Meanwhile, deaths caused by opioid pain medications decreased.
In 2015, there were 238 deaths involving heroin overdoses reported by Arizona hospitals and medical centers. That number represents a 32 percent jump from the previous year and another high mark since 2012 when 90 heroin-related deaths were reported.