Heroin Epidemic: The Facts

substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NCAs you might well know, the heroin epidemic has gotten quite out of hand in recent times. The number of individuals using this drug seems to be doubling and even tripling each year. In 2007, there were more than 300,000 users in the U.S. By 2012, there were more than 600,000. Since then, the problem has gotten much worse. Our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC have noticed that recently, the media coverage of this epidemic is getting to be a front and center story, almost daily.

Heroin Epidemic | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

You might be seeing videos of those who've overdosed in public, released by the police or other media sources. While they're disturbing and hard to watch, they are the realistic and startling truth of this very serious heroin epidemic that we have going on here in the United States.

Over the course of the next several blog posts we are going to highlight information to hopefully bring awareness to this dangerous drug. Today, we will start by offering a few statistics and facts from various sources, complied by Ophra.com as well as the street names and common drug combinations of the deadly substance.

Be sure to continue checking back with us next month to learn more about heroin, including what it is, where it comes from and how we can help fight against it.

Statistics and Facts | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

  • The Department of Justice listed the Chicago metro area as the top destination in the United States for heroin shipments.
  • The 2013 World Drug Report reported that Afghanistan is the leading producer and cultivator of opium worldwide, manufacturing 74 percent of illicit opiates. Mexico, however, is the leading supplier to the United States.
  • Roughly 783,124 people use heroin each year—or about 261,041 people each month—according to the 2010–2012 Drug Abuse National Survey.
  • Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found that between 1998 and 2008, heroin-related deaths in the Chicago area went up 40 percent among white women.
  • JAMA also reported in 2010 that, in the United States, 75 percent of the 38,000 yearly deaths by drug overdose are related to opioids.
  • In 2010, drug overdoses caused more deaths among people 25 to 64 years old than motor vehicle traffic crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was the leading cause of injury and death for this age group.
  • In 1999, 4,414 teens sought treatment for heroin abuse. In 2009, SAMHSA disclosed that more than 21,000 teens sought treatment.
  • From 2006 to 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that deaths from drug poisoning involving heroin increased by 45 percent.
  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, federal data from 2011 reveals that almost 80 percent of people who had used heroin in the previous year also had a history of abusing prescription painkillers that can be classified as opioids.
  • A 2009 SAMHSA study found that 90 percent of teenage heroin addicts are white.
  • A 2007 National Institutes of Health study found that the United States consumes roughly 80 percent of the world's opioid supply. The United States only contains 4.6 percent of the world's population.

Heroin Nicknames

  • White Lady
  • White
  • Tar
  • Snowball
  • Smack
  • Scag
  • Nod
  • Mexican Mud
  • Junk
  • Horse
  • H
  • Dragon (smoking heroin is called “Chasing the Dragon”)
  • Dope
  • Chiva
  • China White
  • Chiba
  • Brown Sugar
  • Brown Crystal
  • Black Tar
  • Black Pearl
  • Big H

Some drugs are combined with heroin. These combinations are often deadly and also cause overdoses.

Heroin and Cocaine

  • Whiz Bang
  • Speedball
  • Snowball
  • Smoking Gun
  • One and One
  • Murder One
  • H&C
  • Boy-Girl
  • Belushi

Heroin and Marijuana

  • Woolie
  • Woola
  • Canade

Other Names of Combinations Used Regularly

  • The Five Way - Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Rohypnol and alcohol
  • Meth speedball - Heroin and methamphetamine
  • Flamethrowers - Heroin, Cocaine and Tobacco
  • Cheese - Heroin and cold medication
  • Beast - Heroin and LSD

Remember, to learn more about this startling epidemic that's overtaking the nation, visit back with our next blog post. We will provide a history of this dangerous drug. Be sure to stay tuned.

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