Estimated Prevalence of Heroin Use in the US

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"An estimated 808,000 people aged 12 or older in 2018 used heroin in the past year (Figure 10), which corresponds to about 0.3 percent of the population (Figure 14). The estimate of past year heroin use in 2018 was higher than the estimates for most years between 2002 and 2008, but it was similar to the estimates in 2009 to 2017.

"Aged 12 to 17
"In 2018, less than 0.1 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 were past year heroin users (Figure 14). This percentage represents about 10,000 adolescents who used heroin in the past year. The estimate of past year heroin use among adolescents in 2018 was lower than the estimates for most years in 2002 to 2014, but it was similar to the estimates in 2015 to 2017. About 0.1 to 0.2 percent of adolescents used heroin in any year from 2002 to 2017.

"Aged 18 to 25
"Among young adults aged 18 to 25 in 2018, 0.5 percent were past year heroin users (Figure 14). This percentage represents 157,000 young adults who used heroin in the past year. The percentage of young adults in 2018 who were past year heroin users was similar to the percentages in 2002 to 2010 and from 2015 to 2017, but it was lower than the percentages in 2011 through 2014 (ranging from 0.7 to 0.8 percent).

"Aged 26 or Older
"In 2018, an estimated 0.3 percent of adults aged 26 or older were past year heroin users (Figure 14). This percentage represents 641,000 adults in this age group who used heroin in the past year. The percentage of adults aged 26 or older in 2018 who were past year heroin users was similar to the percentages in 2013 to 2017, but it was slightly higher than the percentages in most years from 2002 through 2012 (ranging from 0.1 to 0.2 percent)."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP19-5068, NSDUH Series H-54). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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