Heroin Abuse Stats and Facts to Be Aware Of

Pennsylvania Drug Abuse TrendsWhen talking about the treatment of heroin addiction, it’s important to know the scope of what we’re up against. Maryland Recovery not only caters to recovering addicts in our home state, but many of our clients come from all over the Northeast. So, as we look at a few national heroin-related stats and facts, we’re going to have a particular focus on Maryland and the greater Northeast:

  • Heroin is not only the most commonly cited drug for treatment admissions in Maryland, but in many of the other Northeastern states as well, such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc., according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
  • Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine all saw a significant percentage increase in drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • From 2010 to 2014, heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled, according to the CDC.
  • Heroin overdose death rates in the U.S. rose by 26 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Maryland had 578 residents die because of heroin overdose in 2014, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Among new heroin users in the U.S., about three out of four report abusing prescription opioids prior to trying heroin, according to the CDC.
  • Middle-aged, non-Hispanic whites typically account for the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • Someone who become addicted to heroin is between 6 and 20 times more likely to die prematurely than the average non-heroin user.