First off, we need to stop talking about heroin overdoses and start talking about opiate overdoses. Perhaps Dr. Schwartz would prefer to side-step the fact that according to the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription painkillers were responsible for 16,600 deaths across the nation in 2010 while heroin was involved in about 3,000 deaths. Dr. Schwartz conveniently blames the victim by referring to the "increasing misuse of prescription opioid analgesics" rather than the increasing over-prescribing of prescription opioid analgesics. The flooding of our nation with highly addictive prescription painkillers by the pharmaceutical industry while the Food and Drug Administration looked the other way — and while doctors wrote so many prescriptions that every single American could take a pill a day — has been well documented. Since addicting our nation has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, I can well imagine that members of the medical community would like to divert the attention to heroin and away from prescription narcotics.