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A decade into a federal crackdown on the street use of prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet or OxyContin, many addicts have switched to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to find.
Heroin use spiked 79 percent in the United States from 2007 to 2012. Heroin-related deaths jumped 58 percent in Maryland from 2011 to 2012 — and nearly doubled in Montgomery County, from 11 to 21. In Virginia, heroin-related deaths jumped from 101 to 213 between 2011 and 2013, according to preliminary data, and more than doubled in the District from 2010 to 2013.
Addicts seeking publicly funded treatment in Virginia face an average wait of 18 days, said Mellie Randall of the state’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The number of publicly funded residential treatment beds is shrinking. State funding is locked at the same amount it was in 2009, and federal funding has been essentially flat since 2002.