* Did you know that legally prescribed opioid narcotics are pharmaceutical-grade heroin produced in a laboratory? If you had no idea, you are not alone. For more, read this article by the Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids.

* Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013. States play a central role in prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts for this growing epidemic. For more, read this article from the Centers for Disease Control.

* According to the American College of Preventive Medicine...