Heroin Addiction and Heroin Overdose Deaths SkyrocketingBoth heroin use and overdose deaths are on the rise. Consider the following Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NDHSU) and the National Vital Statistics System reflecting heroin use and the heroin overdose death rate.
Heroin UseAcross most demographics groups heroin use in the United States has increased over time. The chart above shows the percent increase for the years 2002 to 2004 and 2011 to 2013 (per 1,000 people in each demographic).
Heroin Overdose DeathsHeroin addiction and death by overdose are on the rise. The chart above represents the years 2002 through 2013, showing the rate of addiction (per 1,000 people) and overdose death rate (per 100,000 people).
Heroin's Tie to the Prescription Drug Epidemic
Heroin abuse and addiction is closely tied to the abuse of prescription drugs. They are also both heavy contributors to the growing drug overdose death epidemic in the United States.Nearly one in every two individuals addicted to heroin are also challenged with addiction to painkillers. Heroin abuse tends to garner more coverage in the news, especially in recent years. Addiction to prescription drugs is far more common, however. Further, the mortality rate linked to prescription drug overdose is well above that of heroin overdose deaths.As reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opiod analgesic (prescription pain-killer) overdose deaths have reduced then leveled off in recent years while heroin overdose deaths are rising dramatically.SOURCE: Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Heroin and the Broader Substance Abuse Problem in America
- Alcohol are 2x more likely to become addicted to heroin.
- Marijuana are 3x more likely to become addicted to heroin.
- Cocaine are 15x more likely to become addicted to heroin.
- Prescription opiod painkillers are 40x more likely to become addicted to heroin.
Teens, Young Adults, Heroin Addiction and Seeking Treatment
As reported above, heroin use has increased dramatically in the 18-25 year-old age group in the United States. The rate of heroin use doubled for young adults when comparing the periods 2002 to 2004 with 2011 and 2013.The Recovery Village, a leading provider of alcohol abuse, drug addiction and eating disorder rehabilitation has seen heroin-related inquiries increase at a troubling rate. That rate is for a slightly different subset of the population: those between the ages of 13 and 24.When comparing the period beginning at the third quarter of 2015 and ending at the second quarter of 2016, heroin-specific inquiries for teens and young adults have risen by 53%.SOURCE: The Recovery Village