Heroin has become a wide epidemic, affecting everyone from rich to poor. It doesn’t care about skin color or finances. Anyone could easily become addicted to the drug. Over doses of heroin doubled in Virginia between the years of 2011 and 2013. Often people become addicted to it first through prescription pain medication known as opiates. As the person build a tolerance to the opiates they take more to achieve the feeling of there first high. Often if opiates are unavailable the individual may turn to heroin. Fatalities from heroin continue to rise, rising by 164% in Northern parts of Virginia, 94% in Hampton Roads and 50% in Richmond Metro area. Many of the deaths are caused by heroin being mixed with other drugs such as Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a very powerful pain medication that slows the heart, to much can slow the heart to a stop. On it’s own fentanyl is 80-100 times stronger then Morphine and adding it to heroin makes an already dangerous drug almost always lethal. Dealers may also mix the heroin with horse tranquilizers to try and make a more intense high. Craving the drug can make people do dangerous and illegal things. They may rob people or steal objects to be pawned for drug money. People may go to extremes to get high again. Heroin in on the rise in the United states and we have to be careful not to let it destroy the country.