drug deaths http://www.kplu.org en Prescription drug abuse continues decline, but heroin is rising http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-continues-decline-heroin-rising <p>Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington &ndash; but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state.</p><p>Heroin abuse peaked in the 1990s. Since then, it&#39;s been a problem primarily for aging drug-addicts. But Caleb Banta-Green of the UW&rsquo;s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute says it&#39;s making a comeback among younger people: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:11:07 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5566 at http://www.kplu.org Methadone deaths down, but cause could be shift to other drugs http://www.kplu.org/post/methadone-deaths-down-cause-could-be-shift-other-drugs Tuesday. The Northwest has one of the highest Methadone prescription rates in the country.<p>You’ve probably heard of Methadone in the context of treatment for heroin addiction. But it’s also a painkiller in the same league as Vicodin and OxyContin.<p>According to the CDC, Methadone prescriptions and overdose deaths peaked in 2007. It’s a trend borne out by drug death numbers from the Seattle area and Oregon. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:00:44 +0000 5493 at http://www.kplu.org