Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Although heroin addiction has traditionally been viewed as a disease of the economically disadvantaged population, addiction among the affluent is grossly underreported. According to the CDC, heroin initiation rates generally increased across most demographic subgroups from 2002-2011. During that time, however, reported rates of heroin initiation were highest among males, persons aged 18–25 years, non-Hispanic whites, those with an annual household income of less than $20,000, and those residing in the Northeast. The racial/ethnic population with the highest previous-year heroin use was non-Hispanic whites. [11]


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