Holder: Heroin an 'urgent public health crisis' - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Holder: Heroin an 'urgent public health crisis'

Posted: Updated:
  • Holder: Heroin an 'urgent public health crisis'More>>

  • Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Get FOX13 Breaking News on your mobile device

    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below
    Get breaking news alerts on your mobile device direct from the FOX13 news desk. On average, you could get as many as three to five alerts on a busy day, as the news merits. Just fill out the form below

By ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the increase in heroin-related deaths an "urgent public health crisis" and says first responders should carry with them drugs to reverse the effects of an overdose.

In a video message being released Monday by the Justice Department, Holder says addiction to opiates and heroin is affecting Americans in all states and from "every background and walk of life."

The attorney general says the number of heroin overdose deaths rose by 45 percent from 2006 to 2010. He says federal law enforcement is working to address the problem but more work is needed on education, prevention and treatment.

He also encourages first responders to carry with them the drug naxolone, which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose if administered quickly.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices