Heroin Fact 1: To support their drug habits, users in East Coast cities such as New York and Philadelphia would often collect and sell scrap metal. This gave them the name “junkies.”
Heroin Fact 2: Heroin is a derivitive of the German word Heroisch which means Heroic. It is said that heroin makes a person feel heroic.
Heroin Fact 3:Heroin was once available over-the-counter and commonly used as cough syrup.
Heroin Fact 4: It can take just three days of regular use for a heroin user to become addicted. After this point, the user will experience physical withdrawal symptoms if he stops using.
Heroin Fact 5: There are over 1.2 million "occasional" heroin users in the United States and over 200,000 people who could be classified as addicted to the drug.
Heroin Fact 5: The average heroin addiction ingests between 150mg and 250mg of the drug per day.
Heroin Fact 7: Heroin overdoses have caused more deaths than traffic accidents in the past several years.
Heroin Fact 8: There are believed to be at least 700,000 people in the United States who need heroin addiction treatment but are not receiving it.
Heroin Fact 9: The heroin addict spends between $80 to $200 per day to maintain a heroin addiction.
Heroin Fact 10: Street-level heroin usually sells for $10 per dose, although prices vary throughout the country.
Heroin Fact 11: Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner, yet 80% of overdose victims found by paramedics are found alone.