Does anyone know what the overdose rate is of heroin compared to other drugs? What is it about heroin that makes it so easy to overdose? I am totally clueless about it. I just know so many young people around me are dying from heroin overdose. I live in a very religious community so anytime a young adult overdoses the particulars are kept "hush hush". Parents usually just say that they "died unexpectedly in their sleep" when really they died from a heroin overdose. Any info and insight is greatly appreciated.