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The Facts About the Heroin Epidemic

January 27, 2020


Between
2002 and 2013, heroin abuse has
skyrocketed and overdose deaths have
increased by 286% The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention have
warned about the surge in heroin
use in the U.S. It is now being
considered an “urgent public
health crisis.” People are being
found dead in hotel rooms, cars, and
public restrooms. It’s a drug
addiction that can happen to
any age, race, income level,
insurance status, location, or gender. But white males,
18 to 25 years old living in large
metropolitan areas, have the highest
risk for becoming heroin addicts. The demographics of
heroin users have changed in the
last ten years. Black Americans
between the ages of 45-64 had the
highest death toll related to
heroin in 2000. But, that has
changed as of recently, with white
people aged 18-44 having the
highest instances of heroin-related deaths. The number of deaths
among people of color is actually
decreasing. Location wise,
addiction has increased most
drastically in the Midwest followed
by the Northeast, with the West and
the South coming in last, especially
in white suburbs. Emergency rooms have
seen an upsurge of overdose cases. People who
are addicted to painkillers are more
likely to become addicted to heroin. There is a link
between both kinds of drug abuses. Painkiller
prescriptions are harder to access,
more costly to purchase, so users
will turn to heroin since it’s cheaper
and easier to find, which has contributed
significantly to the growing heroin epidemic.

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