Heroin Use Statistics
Heroin use is somewhat common, but less commonly used than most other opioids. According to public health data, one in two hundred people between the ages of 18–25 use heroin. One in three hundred people over the age of 25 use heroin, and statistics even show that 0.3% of 8th graders are using heroin.
Heroin use is closely connected with the national opioid crisis. Statistics show that 80% of people who use heroin first abuse prescription opioids. Some have expressed concern that the recent crackdown on opioid-based pain medication may be driving people addicted to pain medications to heroin as these medications become less available. While the national response to the opioid crisis has been expanding, opioid-related deaths continue to grow in the United States.
Social Isolation, COVID-19, & Substance Abuse
As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected life across the world, one downside it has created is increased substance use. While data is still just beginning to emerge, surveys show that 20% of people with a substance use disorder have increased their substance use during the pandemic.
Increased stress caused by the pandemic and free time with nothing to do at home are thought to contribute to increased substance use. As people try to cope with social isolation and the fears caused by the pandemic, many experts believe that substance use problems will continue to increase.