Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Renews Attention on Heroin

NEW YORK (AP) - The weekend death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose is focusing renewed attention on a dangerous drug that seems to be making a resurgence.

The most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that the number of recorded heroin overdose deaths nearly doubled in the decade between 2000 and 2010.

Authorities say a number of factors are fueling the use of heroin -- including relatively low prices, and a less demonized image than the drug once had.

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