Pill abuse holding steady, heroin addiction on the rise: survey

A new survey has found that while the number of young adults who reported using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the last month decreased slightly from 2 million to 1.7 million, pill abuse among children ages 12 to 17 and among adults 26 and older remained unchanged – and the number of people who reported heroin use in the past year rose from 373,000 in 2007 to 620,000 in 2011.

Government officials say the numbers mean that national efforts to address the problem of prescription drug misuse may be having a positive impact on some populations. But the increase in heroin abuse is indicative of the trend of pill abusers making the switch to the illegal street drug – which is not good news at all.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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