Heroin Statistics
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Heroin Statistics

Heroin Statistics - Amount of Heroin Use

According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million Americans aged 12 or older reported trying heroin at least once during their lifetimes, representing 1.5% of the population aged 12 or older. Approximately 453,000 (0.2%) reported past year heroin use and 213,000 (0.1%) reported past month heroin use. In 2008, there were 114,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used heroin for the first time within the past 12 months. The average age at first use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 23.4 years in 2008. There were no significant changes in the number of initiates or in the average age at first use from 2007 to 2008. The number of heroin initiates was not significantly different from the number in 2002 (117,000).

Among students surveyed as part of the 2008 Monitoring the Future study, 1.4% of eighth graders, 1.2% of tenth graders, and 1.3% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of heroin.

Percent of Students Reporting Heroin Use, 2008
 
8th Grade
10th Grade
12th Grade
Past month use 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Past year use 0.9 0.8 0.7
Lifetime use 1.4 1.2 1.3

Heroin Statistics - Risk Assesment

Approximately 75.5% of eighth graders, 83.1% of tenth graders, and 73.2% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported that using heroin occasionally without a needle was a great risk. Additionally, approximately 86.4% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported that using heroin regularly was a great risk. 

Percent of Students Reporting Risk of Using Heroin, 2008
Percent Saying “Great Risk”
8th Grade
10th Grade
12th Grade

Try once/twice w/o needle

    60.8%

    70.8%

    60.8%

Use occasionally w/o needle

75.5

83.1

73.2

Regarding the ease by which one can obtain heroin, 13.3% of eighth graders, 17.2% of tenth graders, and 25.4% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported that heroin was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain.

Heroin Statistics - Lifetime Use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also conducts a survey of high school students throughout the United States called the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Among students surveyed for the 2007 YRBSS, 2.3% reported using heroin at least one time during their lifetimes.

Percent of Students Reporting Lifetime Heroin Use, 2003-2007
 
2003
2005
2007
9th grade
   3.5%
   2.8%
   2.6%
10th grade
2.9
2.5
1.8
11th grade
3.0
1.8
1.8
12th grade
2.9
2.0
2.6
Total
3.3
2.4
2.3

Approximately 0.5% of college students and 1.6% of young adults (ages 19-28) surveyed in 2007 reported lifetime use of heroin.

Percent of College Students/Young Adults Reporting Heroin Use, 2006–2007
 
College Students
Young Adults
2006
2007
2006
2007
Past month
   0.2%
     0.1%
    0.2%
   0.1%
Past year
0.3
     0.2
0.4
   0.3
Lifetime
0.7
     0.5
1.9
   1.6

Heroin Statistics - Criminal Justice

According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 23.4% of State prisoners and 17.9% of Federal prisoners surveyed in 2004 indicated that they used heroin/opiate at some point in their lives.

Percent of Prisoners Reporting Heroin/Opiate Use, 1997 and 2004
 
State Prisoners
Federal Prisoners
1997
2004
1997
2004
At time of offense 5.6%
4.4%
3.0
3.2
In month before offense 9.2
8.2
5.4
5.8
Regularly* 15.0
13.1
8.9
9.2
Ever in lifetime 24.5
23.4
16.1
17.9
* Used drugs at least once a week for at least a month.

During FY 2004, there were 32,980 Federal arrests for drug law violations, 1,881 of which were for heroin. Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported 2,273 arrests for opiates in FY 2004.

 
During FY 2008, there were 1,476 Federal offenders sentenced for heroin-related charges in U.S. Courts. Approximately 97.3% of these cases involved trafficking and 0.8% of cases involved simple possession. 
 
Heroin Statistics - Heroin Treatment

From 1997 to 2007, the number of admissions to treatment in which heroin was the primary drug of abuse increased from 235,143 in 1997 to 246,871 in 2007. Heroin admissions represented 14.6% of the total drug/alcohol admissions to treatment during 1997 and 13.6% of the treatment admissions in 2007. The average age of those admitted to treatment for heroin during 2007 was 36 years.


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