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Drug abuse issues reviewed at hearing in Washington D.C.

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is making a push to help fight drug abuse in the United States.

Wednesday, the Senate held a hearing that took a deeper look at heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Grassley said the hearing addressed current laws and whether or not they are being enforced. He said the number of people using opioids is a big concern. That's why he said it's important to discuss the issues.

"To establish a record, whether or not the existing programs are working, whether any laws need to be changed, whether more money is being needed, or is money being used in the right direction," Grassley said.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 16.5-million people used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past year.

And, more than 660,000 people used heroin in the same amount of time.

This a significant increase from the number of users in 2007.

This survey covers people ages 12 and over.

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