Past years’ statistics illustrate the magnitude of heroin-related problems in the US
Heroin is an opioid drug produced from morphine, a natural substance extracted from the seed pods of opium poppy plants. Heroin acts quickly by binding to opioid receptors in the brain cells, particularly with those involved in pleasure, pain, heart rate regulation, breathing, and sleeping.
With the rise of opioid use since 1999, the rates of heroin abuse, addiction, and overdose have significantly increased. The statistics provided below illustrate the magnitude of heroin-related problems in the US.
The number of heroin overdose cases has significantly risen in the last two decades. This increment resulted from the second opioid wave that began in 2010 with overdose cases involving heroin. Heroin is now found in combination with other illicitly produced drugs such as fentanyl, as well.
A sharp increase in fatal heroin overdoses was recorded in 2010 due to the second wave of the opioid epidemic. As per Our World in Data Records, between 1999 and 2017, 426,218 Americans lost their lives to opioids, including heroin.
Major patterns and shifts have been reported in admissions and treatment rates for heroin abuse care. According to the 2005-2015 SAMHSA Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS):
Heroin usage has reached epidemic levels in the United States. The estimated expense of heroin use disorder to society in the United States underlines the need for sustained investment in medical services and non-health-related interventions that minimize the risk of abuse and offer care and assistance to patients to resolve the disorder.
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