Heroin Epidemic on the Rise
Posted By Schick Shadel || Jul 29, 2015
Drug abuse and addiction has been a national problem for decades. However, until recently, heroin addiction was not a problem that took precedence. In the last ten years though, heroin abuse and addiction are rising at rapid rates and is becoming a nationwide problem. Young adults are now more susceptible to developing an addiction to heroin.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin deaths rose by 286% from 2002. That translates to roughly every 100 out of 100,000 people. Because heroin is usually smuggled into the states from other countries, issues of border control and international affairs arise. It is believe that the rise in heroin addiction relates to the increase in supply. Since the 2000’s, the volume of heroin from Mexico that was seized at the border quadrupled. The large sum made the drug relatively cheaper, at a purer quality, in the U.S.
Other statistics about heroin use include:
- CDC states that non-Hispanic white males between the ages of 18-25 are at greater risk for forming an addiction.
- Black males between the ages of 45-64 were the common victims of heroin abuse in the 2000s, but now white males between 18-44 years of age are the likely addicts.
- The Midwest saw the most drastic rise.
- Young Adults are the age group that were hit hardest with the epidemic. Heroin use in Americans between 18-25 increased by 109%.
- Individuals who suffered from prescription drug addiction are 40 times more likely to use heroin.
Because of the seriousness of heroin addiction and the rate with which it is increasing, the White House recently launched a new strategy to combat the heroin epidemic. They have allocated $5 million dollars to provide real-time information about heroin and share health and safety perspectives.
At Schick Shadel, we want to help combat the heroin epidemic and help families come together again. That is why if you or your loved one is a victim of drug addiction and abuse, we invite you to contact our hospital. We’re here to help you get your life back.