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Heroin Overdose Deaths More Than Triple Since 2010

June 08, 2016

Heroin is a highly addictive and dangerous drug synthesized from morphine, and it’s prevalence in the U.S. has been dramatically increasing over the past few years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use has been increasing in both men and women of all income levels and in most age groups. They report that the highest increases have happened in groups with historically low usage rates, including people with higher incomes, the privately insured, and women.

Increases in Heroin Use From 2002 to 2013

  • Men had a 50% increase in heroin use
  • Women had a 100% increase in heroin use
  • People aged 18-25 had a 109% increase in heroin use
  • People aged 26 and older had a 58% increase in heroin use
  • Non-Hispanic whites had a 114% increase in heroin use
  • People who earned less than $20,000 per year had a 65% increase in heroin use
  • People who earned between $20,000 and $49999 per year had a 77% increase in heroin use
  • People who earned $50,000 or more had a 60% increase in heroin use
  • People with no medical insurance had a 60% increase in heroin use
  • People with private insurance had a 63% increase in heroin use

The CDC reported that, along with the increase in heroin use, heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled since 2010. More than 10,500 people died from overdose-related causes in 2014 alone, an increase of 26% from 2013, and non-Hispanic whites aged 18-44 had the highest rate of heroin overdose death (7 per 100,000) in 2013.

Risk Factors

According to the CDC, people with a history of misusing prescription opioids have the strongest risk factor for starting heroin use, especially if they abused or became dependent upon prescription opioids within the past year. The CDC noted that more than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used another drug, if not more, and that about three out of every four new heroin uses reported abusing prescription opioids before using heroin.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the amount of heroin confiscated at the southwest border of the U.S. quadrupled in 2013 compared to the amounts they confiscated between 2000 and 2008. The DEA reportedly confiscated 2,196 kg in 2013, and confiscated around ≤500 kg yearly between 2000 and 2008.

If you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction and wants to seek help, contact Turning Point today. We can be reached online through our website, or by phone at (973) 380-0905. We strive to help our patients cope with and overcome their addictions, as well as help them develop the tools they will need to manage the daily challenges of life. Click here to learn more about our New Jersey detoxification programs.

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