The epidemic use of hard drugs like heroin, methamphetamines and cocaine, along with the abuse of prescription drugs are resulting in new classes of addiction and its effects: joblessness, crime, death and destroyed lives. Overdosing is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, at close to 40,000 deaths a year in 2013, with no indication that the numbers are falling. The availability of cheap heroin is helping to fuel a rapid escalation in its use, particularly by those addicted to more expensive prescription opioids, and deaths: In 2001, there were roughly 2,000 heroin-overdose deaths compared to 8,000 in 2013. A drug related death occurs every 13 minutes in the U.S., exceeding preventable deaths due to firearms and alcohol, according the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013, the National Institute of Drug Abuse estimated the sheer cost of illicit drug addiction to be $11 billion in health care expenses, and close to $200 billion overall when you factor in lost productivity and crime, yet there has been little to no dialogue in the debates on this subject.