Which age groups are at highest risk for heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System, 3873 of the 4319 single exposures to heroin reported in 2016 were in persons 20 years of age and older; 20 were in those younger than 6 years, and 182 were in teenagers. [13] According to the CDC, in 2012 the heroin overdose death rate was highest in those aged 25–34 years. [12]


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