Quick Stats

  • From 1997 to 2000 cocaine was the most common drug reported in emergency room episodes.
  • In the 25 to 49 age group, illicit drug overdose is the fourth leading cause of death, about the same number as motor vehicle crashes.
  • Each year students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol, more then they spend on soft drinks, tea, milk, juice, coffee, or books combined.
  • In 1988, about 300,000 infants were born addicted to cocaine.

Heroin Statistics

In the 25 to 49 age group, illicit drug overdose is the fourth leading cause of death, about the same number as motor vehicle crashes.

Children as young as 13 have been found involved in heroin abuse. According to statistics in 1999 heroin overdose has caused more deaths than traffic accidents.

The 1999 National Household Survey on drug abuse (NHSDA) estimated that there were 149,000 new heroin users in 1998 and that nearly 80 percent were under the age of 26.

Last year, there were approximately 84,000 visits to emergency rooms in the US due to heroin.

Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner, yet 80% of overdose victims found by paramedics are alone.

The dependent person use between 150 - 250 milligrams per day. Divide into 3 doses.

The heroin addict spends between $150 to $200 per day to maintain a heroin addiction.

In 1998. 65% of the heroin seized in the United States originated in South America, and 17% came from Mexico.

Data from the 1999 National Household Survey on drug abuse suggest purity is partly responsible for the 75% of new heroin users who are snorting or smoking, not injecting the opiate. In 1991 the number of new users was 46%.

The 1999 NHSDA survey adjusted the average age for initiation of heroin use to just above 21 years of age. Other surveys, and experts have said many new users are between 18 to 25 years old.

According to Drug Abuse Warning Network, or DAWN, heroin and morphine accounted for 51% of drug deaths ruled accidental or unexpected in 1999.

Out of the 11,651 deaths... accidental and intentional by way of suicide... reported to DAWN by medical examiners in 1999, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, 4,820 were the result of heroin or morphine abuse, or some combination of those and other drugs.

In 2000, as part of DAWN's year-end emergency data report, heroin related emergency room visits increased 15% from the last year.

Treatment admission rates for primary heroin abuse increased in publicly funded substance abuse treatment facilities across the nation between 1993 and 1999. In 1993, the treatment admission rate for primary heroin abuse in the United States was 95 admissions per 100,000 persons age 12 or older. By 1996, the admission rate had increase 7% to 102 per 100,000 and by 1999 it had increased by another 3% to 105 per 100,000.

The route of administration among heroin users entering treatment has been changing. In 1993, 74% of admissions for heroin abuse were injectors. By 1999, this had declined to 66%. There was an increase in admission for heroin inhalation for 23% in 1993 to 28% in 1999.

Heroin Trend Statistics Across the United States

Heroin trends across the United States are indicators of the rate of Heroin abuse, Heroin addiction, domestic violence, and child abuse. The Heroin trends for each state has a direct correlation to the amount of Heroin seized by federal authorities. Below are the federal Heroin seizures for each individual state. These statistics for each state's federal Heroin seizures provides current information on which states have the largest Heroin trafficing problem.

Alabama Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0. kgs.

Arizona Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 7.9 kgs.

Arkansas Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

California Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 357.8 kgs.

Colorado Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 2 kgs.

Connecticut Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 4.1 kgs.

Delaware Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Florida Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 633.6 kgs.

Georgia Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 15.8 kgs.

Idaho Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 1.1 kgs.

Illinois Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 633.6 kgs.

Indiana Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0.2 kgs.

Iowa Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Kansas Federal Heroin Seizures: Cocaine: Heroin: 1.7 kgs.

Kentucky Federal Heroin Seizures: Cocaine: Heroin: 10.8 kgs.

Louisiana Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 17.9 kgs.

Maine Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Maryland Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 17.8 kgs.

Massachusetts Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 4.4 kgs.

Michigan Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 10.9 kgs.

Minnesota Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 13.5 kgs.

Mississippi Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 3.2 kgs.

Missouri Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 2.9 kgs.

Montana Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Nebraska Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Nevada Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 1.7 kgs.

New Hampshire Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

New Jersey Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 168.8 kgs.

New Mexico Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 6.1 kgs.

New York Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 801.5 kgs.

North Carolina Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

North Dakota Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Ohio Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 18.2 kgs.

Oklahoma Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0.1 kgs.

Oregon Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 5.3 kgs.

Pennsylvania Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 8.7 kgs.

Rhode Island Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0.8 kgs.

South Carolina Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 6.2 kgs.

South Dakota Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Tennessee Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 41.0 kgs.

Texas Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 142.0 kgs.

Utah Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0.4 kgs.

Vermont Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

Virginia Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 4.7 kgs.

Washington Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 15.1 kgs.

West Virginia Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0.1 kgs.

Wisconsin Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 2.8 kgs.

Wyoming Federal Heroin Seizures: Heroin: 0 kgs.

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