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11% of 12th graders report they have already used narcotics
22% of high school seniors say it is easy to get heroin
50 people die every day in the U.S. from opiate overdose
47% high school seniors that say it is easy to get a narcotic
35% of 12th graders say it is not a great risk to try heroin once or twice
55% of 12th graders say it is not a great risk to try narcotics once or twice
24% of high school seniors say that it is not a great risk to take narcotics regularly
Narcotics are also called opiates because they originally derived from the opium poppy.
Opiates are so addictive because they overpower the brain's natural endorphin system.
Treatment success for narcotic addiction has the lowest success rate of any drug addiction.
Most physicians give up on even trying to get their narcotic-addicted patients drug free – they put them on methadone or suboxone instead.
Deaths from opiate addiction have tripled since 1990.
Every year 12 million people in the U.S. report using abusing prescription narcotics.
Over half the time, teenagers who try narcotics are initially given the drug by friends or family.

* Statistics provided courtesy of: NIDA, Center for Disease Control and SAMHSA

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