01 Feb How Many Heroin-Addicted People Are In USA Today
The amount of people addicted to heroin has been on a steady incline since 2006. This is mostly in the young adult age range of people aged 18 to 25. Since 2012, the number has gotten even higher due to abuse of prescription pain medication that leads to heroin use.
The year 1998 saw 81,000 people newly addicted to heroin, though by 2012 that number jumped drastically to 669,000. Within a decade the number of people using heroin more than doubled.
In 2016 there were 998,000 people who reported that they had used heroin in the last year. 170,000 people started using heroin for the first time in 2016. Luckily the United States is at it is the lowest level ever of younger kids using heroin. Instead, they seem to be using marijuana.
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the United States today. This is because it is derived from morphine, which itself is highly addictive. People who have used morphine for pain relief end up becoming addicted to it. When they can no longer access morphine, then they move to heroin instead.
This also occurs with people who no longer can access prescription pain pills. It’s important for people who need pain relief to get it, but without proper attention, it can lead to abuse. This itself can lead to heroin addiction because it is similar and also an opiate.
Branching off of heroin lately is fentanyl. It is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. It is incredibly potent and can cause overdoses easily because of how strong it is.
Regular drugs are often cut with a drug like fentanyl to help increase their supply. This leads to people unknowingly taking fentanyl and overdosing.