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Heroin: Huge Jump in Missouri, More White, Suburban, Female Users, Worse Than Meth

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The study includes interesting demographic information on users that disproves some myths around the population that abuses this drug, she says.

The majority admitted to public treatment were age 30 and under in 2011 at 56.5 percent, while in 2001, this age group was only 38.4 percent. Further, 60 percent of publicly funded treatment admissions are white, while African Americans make up only 30 percent of heroin treatment. That's a major change compared to ten years ago when the majority of those in treatment were black.

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"People stereotype that these individuals...are African American, but that's not the case," she says, adding, "There is more suburban use."

And more females are entering treatment at 41 percent now -- compared to just one third a decade prior.

The study notes that many heroin users begin their use with opiate pills and then move toward heroin as the pills become too expensive or hard to obtain.

One of the major risks centers around potency, Schell notes. It can be very dangerous when someone tries heroin with low potency -- and then next time uses a much more more potent substance.

"When somebody gets heroin, you don't know how pure it is," she says. "The people cutting it are not pharmacists."

Here's the executive summary.

Executive Summary

And full report.

March 2013 Report

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10 comments
markieg98
markieg98

Wow, this is too bad, because the hear and soul of a family is usually the mother. Succumbing to alcohol and drug abuse makes it very difficult to take care of your life and the lives of others (the family).

christries
christries

I can't believe how young kids are starting using drugs for the first time. They don't realize how it is going to affect their adult lives. There is enough struggling that needs to be done, just to graduate high school and most have to scratch to get into college and get some degree. Then they face adulthood with all the trials and tribulations. How will they cope then, and if they are in a drug stooper most of the time, how will they recognize the fun events, the pleasurable moments and the opportunities that come there way. They are playing a dangerous game with their lives and face addiction in their future. I hope they find that out before it is too late.

VolkmanMSW
VolkmanMSW

It's astonishing the recent surge in heroin use - especially with females. We've noticed the same trend in our Non 12 Step rehab facility www.drug-alcohol-rehabs.org/non-12step-drug-rehab.html where admittances involves users of this drug have increased by 57% over the last 3 years.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

You just can't help stupid people. Stupid people will continue to try deadly addictive drugs and stupid people will continue to live in poverty.

Jean Whitney
Jean Whitney

Seems odd to focus on the topic. What about all the gun nuts, and backward thinking male lawmakers, and horrible socio-economic plight of our inner cities?!

Soviette Tank
Soviette Tank

Kind of weird coming from Detroit where heroin was almost exclusively a 'privileged suburbanite white kid' drug, and my neighborhood only saw crack/pharmaceuticals...

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Idiocy knows no color, sex or income level.... Smh

Jason Savoy
Jason Savoy

You're a year or so too late on this wagon.

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