America's opioid epidemic has turned a frightening corner. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin and other opiates killed 33,092 people in the United States in 2015. That's the most in recent history.
Heroin overdose deaths alone exceeded the number of people killed in gun violence: 12,989 to 12,979. In 2007, deaths by gun violence outnumbered heroin deaths by more than five to one, The Washington Post reports.