This week’s CDC Mortality and Morbidity Report details the demographic and substance use trends among current chronic heroin users. To arrive at the findings, the FDA and CDC analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and National Vital Statistics System reported during 2002 to 2013. Overall, the data revealed a 63 percent increase in heroin use from 2002 to 2013. The CDC ultimately concluded that in recent years, (for the combined data years 2011 to 2013) the odds of past-year heroin abuse or dependence were highest among those with past-year cocaine or prescription opioid abuse or dependence. The agency also found that heroin use has increased across nearly all demographic groups in the country.
Read the report from the CDC here.