What are the sexual predilections of heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 31, 2020
  • 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 males, addiction among females is grossly underreported. According to the CDC, the average number of self-reported past-year heroin users in 2017 was 600,000 males versus 286,000 females. The death rate for heroin overdose in 2017 was almost three times higher in males than in females. [12]


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