Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead with a needle in his arm apparently after more than 20 years of staying clean. Miguel Marquez meets an addict who kicked his habit for seven months last year before returning to heroin's powerful pull.
Anderson spoke with Joe Putignano who is a recovering addict and is a former Cirque du Soleil star.
Heroin use is on the rise and so are deaths from overdoses. Compared to prescription pain killers, heroin is cheaper these days and offers a similar high. Randi Kaye rode along with law enforcement to find out just how easy it is to find heroin for sale on the streets.
Philip Seymour Hoffman lost his battle with heroin. Ric Curtis has spent decades studying the drug's destructive power. Dr. Drew Pinsky is fighting to help those who are addicted. On AC360 Later they discussed heroin’s deadly impact.
Some of the images in this report are disturbing to watch.
Anderson spoke with Dr. Drew Pinsky about the challenges of treating patients addicted to heroin.
Heroin use is soaring in the U.S. That's despite police spending decades working to get the drug off the streets. Anderson spoke with the chair of the Anthropology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former undercover DEA agent Michael Levine about the battle against the drug
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