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Heroin Abuse in America

Heroin is the most widely available and most rapidly acting of all opiate-derived drugs. According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million Americans over the age of 11 reported trying heroin at least once during their lifetimes, representing 1.5 percent of the population of that age. In that same study, around 153,000 (0.1 percent) of those surveyed said that they used heroin in the past month. Even among U.S. eighth graders, 1.4 percent reported using heroin at least once in their lifetimes, according to a 2008 Monitoring the Future study.

Heroin Abuse in America

With regular heroin use, the addict’s body develops a tolerance for the drug and the abuser must continually use an increased amount of heroin to feel the same high that he has become accustomed to. As the addict abuses higher doses over time, physical dependence and addiction develop. At this point, the body has adapted to heroin’s presence and withdrawal symptoms will likely occur if the abuse is reduced or halted.

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