A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US
'Preparation of heroin with a spoon, a syringe and a candle on a table' [Shutterstock]

NEW YORK - More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of…