Heroin use in U.S. more than doubled since 2002

Heroin use in U.S. more than doubled since 2002

Heroin use in the United States has nearly doubled since 2002, as have health problems related to injecting of the drug, a new analysis has revealed.

In findings published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the agency estimated that 0.32 percent of the American population took the illegal drug in 2018, the last year for which data are available, up from 0.17 percent in 2002.

In addition, the percentage of those who inject the drug increased from 0.09 percent of the population in 2002 to 0.17 percent in 2018.

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