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Individuals starting to consume heroin in the U.S. 2002-2019

This statistic shows the number of individuals that started to consume heroin annually in the United States from 2002 to 2019. In 2019, approximately 50 thousand individuals aged 12 years and older started to consume heroin.

Number of individuals taking heroin for the first time in the United States from 2002 to 2019 (in 1,000)*

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

Number of respondents

70,000 respondents

Age group

12 years and older

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* Heroin use for the first time in the past year (also known as past year initiation)

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