May 21, 2010, Newsletter Issue #256: Use Patterns of Heroin

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Heroin is a member of the opioid family and considered the most addictive and widely used member of the bunch. Heroin is often injected, but can also be snorted or smoked. According to statistics researched and provided by In the Know Zone, between 1993 and 1999 the number of heroin users that reported past-month use almost tripled. Additionally, it was found that as of 2001, the number of emergency visits that had some relationship to heroine use was up to 14%. Another interesting statistic is that even though it is estimated that over 80% of heroine users use with another person, over 80% of those same users are found alone upon death.

Interestingly, according to the 2005 study for National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans (over age 12) report at least one use of heroin over a lifetime (3.5 million). Interestingly, however, the prevalence of heroin use reported over a lifetime in cases of state and federal incarceration is far lower than use reported in the same study regarding cocaine. Use at least once in a lifetime for these groups was reported at 23.4 % (state prisoners) and 17.9 % (federal).

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