Between 2007 and 2011, the rate of heroin abuse in the United States increased by 66 percent, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The seizures of heroin by the Drug Enforcement Administration doubled between 2008 and 2012, while arrests have risen by a third.
Heroin deaths in portions of the country also increased during the decade. In Dane County, Wisconsin, deaths from drug overdoses increased from 31 in 2007 to 175 deaths in 3011. Most of the deaths were caused by heroin.
In Will County Illinois, there were 5 deaths related to heroin in 2000. In 2012, there were 53.
In the State of Missouri, there were 69 heroin-related deaths in 2007. In 2011, the number of deaths increased to 244, with over half of the deaths between the age of 15 – 35.
Heroin abusers are able to buy a tenth of heroin for $20, enough heroin for two to three uses. It is also being sold in powder form, which is how many young users are being introduced to the drug. Eventually, the users switch over to injecting heroin.
Source: Richard Mertens, “Heroin: Small cities, even rural towns face growing problems,” Christian Science Monitor, January 25, 2013.