Prevalence of Heroin Use in the US

"About 329,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users in 2015, which rounds to the 0.3 million people shown in Figure 1. This number corresponds to about 0.1 percent of the population aged 12 or older (Figure 8). Because heroin use is not as common as the use of other illicit drugs, monitoring both past month and past year heroin use provides additional context for interpreting the trends. For past year use, 0.3 percent of people aged 12 or older in 2015 had used heroin (Figure 9), which represents about 828,000 people."


Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51), pp. 10-11. Retrieved from