Estimated Prevalence of Current Heroin Use in the US

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"About 475,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users in 2016, which rounds to the 0.5 million people shown in Figure 15. This number corresponds to about 0.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older (Figure 23).
"Despite the dangers associated with heroin use, its use has increased in recent years. The percentage of current heroin users aged 12 or older in 2016 was higher than the percentages in most years between 2002 and 2013, but it was similar to the percentages in 2014 and 2015 (Figure 23). However, even when there was a statistically significant difference between the 2016 estimate and estimates in prior years, the estimates ranged between 0.1 and 0.2 percent."


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, p. 18. Retrieved from

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