Heroin Statistics

Heroin addiction is a major epidemic in the United States. The statistics below paint a sobering picture of heroin use, abuse and skyrocketing fatality rates.

Heroin Addiction and Heroin Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

Both 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 Use - US

Heroin Use

Across 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 Deaths - US

Heroin Overdose Deaths

Heroin 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).
SOURCES: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NDHSU), 2002-2013. National Vital Statistics System, 2002-2013.

Heroin's Tie to the Prescription Drug Epidemic

Prescription Drug and Heroin Overdose Death Rate - US

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

Heroin and Addiction to Other Drugs
Just about all heroin users also use at least one other drug. The majority of heroin users use three or more additional drugs. Those addicted to...
  • 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.
SOURCE: Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Teens, Young Adults, Heroin Addiction and Seeking Treatment

Heroin-Related Inquiries - The Recovery Village

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

Seeking Information on Heroin: Google Trends

Referred to as the database of intent, Google Trends can provide an interesting view into how a topic's popularity varies over time. These four graphs echo the increasing problem of heroin in the United States. The graphs are for the searches: 'heroin in system,' 'heroin withdrawal,' 'heroin rehab,' and 'heroin overdose.' Google Trends: Heroin in System Google Trends: Heroin Withdrawal Google Trends: Heroin Rehab Google Trends: Heroin Overdose While there are spikes in the data, all graphs demonstrate an increased interest in heroin-related topics. SOURCE: Google Trends

References

Heroin Epidemic Infographics. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. Accessed Jun 5, 2016. Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. Accessed Jun 5, 2016. Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000–2013. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. Accessed Jun 5, 2016. Google Trends. Web. Accessed Jun 5, 2016.
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Heroin Statistics was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by The Recovery Village