DEA Releases Updated National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary

June 23rd, 2016

The renational-heroin-threat-reportport outlines the expanding public health crisis afflicting America due to the use and abuse of heroin and other opioid drugs. New to this year’s report is information on the recent increase in the use of fentanyl disguised as prescription pills.

Key facts:

  • The number of people reporting current heroin use nearly tripled between 2007 (161,000) and 2014 (435,000).
  • Deaths due to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and its analogues, increased 79 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Deaths involving heroin more than tripled between 2010 (3,036) and 2014 (10,574) – a rate faster than other illicit drugs.

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