One of the major problems affecting the US society is the drug addiction. Many young people and adults are getting addicted to this dreadful drug. Drug abuse is a serious problem which is affecting every community in some way or the other. The number of the people who are abusing these drugs are increasing every year.
Let us see some statistics of the people using Heroin in US
- According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug use and Health(NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million Americans aged 12 or older reported trying Heroin once in a year during the life time, which represents 1.5% of the population aged 12 or above.
- In 2008, there were 114,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used Heroin for the first time.
- Among students surveyed as part of the 2008 Monitoring the Future study, 1.4% of eighth graders, 1.2% of tenth graders, and 1.3% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of Heroin.
- Approximately 75.5% of eighth graders, 83.1% of tenth graders, and 73.2% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported that they are using heroin occasionally without a needle Additionally, approximately 86.4% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported regular Heroin use.
- Approximately 0.5% of college students and 1.6% of young adults (ages 19-28) surveyed in 2007 reported lifetime use of heroin.
- According to the data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 23.4% of State prisoners and 17.9% of Federal prisoners surveyed in 2004 showed that they used Heroin at some point in their lives.
These statistics clearly show the number of people getting addicted by this dreadful thing every year. The number goes on increasing every year along with the growing population. It should be controlled by taking effective measures by the government and by the people voluntarily for a better society.