By Zachary Siegel for The Daily Beast. The latest opiate-related mortality statistics, taken from 2014, are in and we’re seeing more of the same. The death toll rose 14 percent in the last year, making it apparent that, so far, attempts to stem the flow of death have not worked.

Kenneth Anderson, veteran of safe drug using practices, recently wrote, “I would like to see The New York Times publish a front page story tomorrow titled ‘How Not to Die When Using Heroin,’” as opposed to dedicating yet another story to the dubious comparison between heroin overdose and traffic fatalities.

“We need methadone clinics for everyone paid for by the government,” Anderson told The Daily Beast, in reference to the Swiss Model, which has seen dramatic reductions in both mortality and infectious disease since doing exactly that.

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