What is Heroin?
Heroin Use Statistics
In 2020, an estimated 9.5 million people in the US had used heroin at least once in their lifetime. Over 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses, with most cases involving heroin or prescription opioids used to treat chronic disease and pain.
According to the CDC, over 47,000 people in 2020 died due to opioid overdose, with 33,000 of those deaths involving heroin. Injection drug use is the type of heroin abuse most commonly indicated in these fatal overdoses.
Heroin Addiction Statistics
- An estimated 16 million people worldwide had a substance use disorder involving opioids (including heroin) in 2021.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, only 1 in 10 people suffering from opioid addiction ever receive treatment.
- In 2020, nearly 80% of methadone clinic admissions involved an opioid as the primary drug of abuse.
- According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 9.5 million people over the age of 12 were dependent on or abused opioids in 2020.
- The most common treatment for opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines behavioral therapy with medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone.
- In 2020, an estimated 10% of patients abusing heroin in the US were receiving MAT for opioid use disorder.
- According to SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), over 500,000 individuals received treatment for heroin or other opioid addiction in 2017.
These statistics demonstrate how serious the opioid epidemic has become in the US. Understanding the scope of heroin abuse is essential to making informed decisions and creating effective treatment strategies for those dealing with addiction.
Heroin Overdose Statistics
- According to the CDC, there were an estimated 85,000 heroin-related overdose cases in 2020 alone.
- Preventable opioid overdose deaths increased by 41% in 2020.
- In 2020, heroin-involved overdose death rates decreased by nearly 7% 2019 to 2020.
- Synthetic opioid-involved death rates increased by over 56% from 2019 to 2020 and accounted for over 82% of all opioid-involved deaths in 2020.
- According to SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), over 67% of people admitted into treatment for opioid use disorder in 2020 had also overdosed at least once.
Heroin Overdose Statistics by State
- The states with the highest heroin overdose death rates in 2020 were Oregon (a 31.4% increase since 2019), Georgia (a 31%increase), and South Carolina (a 26% increase).
- In 2020, New York had the highest number of deaths, reaching rates well over 1200, followed closely by Illinois and California.
- The states with the highest rates of ER visits related to heroin or opioid use in 2020 were New Hampshire (a 46.1% increase from 2019), West Virginia (a 45.9% increase), and Maine (a 37.6% increase).
- The states with the lowest rates of ER visits for opioid use in 2020 were Florida, Missouri, and Kentucky.
Heroin Death Statistics
- In 2020, the age group with the highest heroin overdose death rate was 25-34 (18,239 total deaths).
- In 2020, an average of 44 people died each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids, totaling more than 16,000 deaths.
- In 2020, an estimated 1 out of 4 opioid overdose deaths involved heroin.
- 56,000 died from synthetic opioid abuse alone in 2020 in the US.
- From 2017 to 2018, the heroin death rate increased by 13% among men and 9% among women.
Heroin Recovery Statistics
- In 2020, SAMHSA reported that an estimated 825,000 people in the US received outpatient treatment for opioid use disorder.
- In 2021, an estimated 535,000 ER visits were related to heroin or other opioid use.
- The most commonly used medications for opioid addiction treatment are methadone and buprenorphine.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 36% of individuals who receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder remain in therapy for one year.
- It is estimated that there is an 80% risk that someone in recovery from opioid addiction might relapse.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides updated information and statistics on heroin use in the US. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides information on opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and treatment programs. Other sources of information include state health departments and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
These sources provide valuable information on the prevalence of heroin use and programs and services available to help those in need. It is essential to stay informed on this issue and take steps to help reduce the stigma around opioid addiction so that more people receive the help they need.
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