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Heroin Addiction Fast Facts
In 2016, almost a million Americans were estimated to have used heroin in the past year. The greatest increase in heroin use in the past decade has been among Americans between the ages of 18 and 25.
Approximately 170,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time in 2016. That is almost double the number of first-time users a decade earlier.
About 626,000 Americans met the requirements for being diagnosed with heroin use disorder in 2016. That number is nearly triple the number of people who met the diagnostic criteria in 2002.
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An estimated 80 percent of people who begin using heroin had first abused prescription opioid drugs.
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Heroin Addiction Caregiver Tips
- Learn about addiction. Drug addiction has long been thought of as a social or psychological problem, but we know now that dependence on a drug like heroin is a disease driven by brain chemistry. When you understand the nature of addiction and what your loved one is struggling with, you’ll be best equipped to help them in their fight with the disease.
- Strengthen the bonds of family. Your loved one’s best chance of recovery comes when he or she is surrounded by a supportive community. Spend time together as much as possible, and be willing to participate in family therapy so that you can learn how to cope with the addiction together.