In the past two years, the number of heroin overdose deaths in Connecticut has risen 86 percent, from 174 deaths in 2012, to 325 in 2014.
In total, 558 deaths in the state were attributed to accidental drug overdose in 2014. Heroin was a factor in 58 percent of those.
The trend in Connecticut is one way that the national heroin epidemic is showing itself. Across the country, heroin use and overdose deaths are on the rise as drug abusers who have become hooked on prescription opiates turn to heroin for a cheaper high. In Vermont, for example, more people are seeking treatment for opiate addiction than for alcoholism.