CNN reports that US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002. The number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, this equates to a 135% increase. Damn. 2089 people died from related overdoses is 2002, and in 2016 approximately 13,219. Double damn. We have loss more people to drugs than in some wars. We are expected to have a whopping 71,600 deaths this year from drug overdoses. The US military saw 58,000 casualties during Vietnam.