Prescription drug abuse deaths take a surprising drop
There’s a glimmer of hope in the struggle against prescription drug abuse. For the first time, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers has gone down in King County. It’s also fallen statewide.
Unfortunately, people hooked on painkillers may be turning to heroin. Heroin abuse used to be confined to Washington's cities -- primarily Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Everett. Now, it's appearing for the first time in small towns and rural areas.