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An alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. have tripled since 2010. Bloomberg noted that the CDC’s report examined the rising trend and stated that 8,257 Americans died from overdoses in 2013. That number is equivalent to about 23 deaths per day and up from the 5,925 overdose deaths the previous year. Moreover, it is triple what the number was in 2010. Also, the Associated Press noted that the report revealed a change in the demographics of those who are dying from heroin overdoses. Those people now tend to be white Midwesterners between the ages of 18 and 44. Previously, the death rate was among blacks who lived in the West and Northwest between the ages of 45 and 64, according to the report. The study also found that men are nearly four times as likely to die from heroin abuse as woman. The report did not give an explanation as to what may have caused the increase in heroin-related deaths. However, some experts have said that it could be attributed to users turning to the drug since it is now harder to get prescription pills.