Heroin treat­ment: De­mand out­strips sup­ply

The Washington Post Sunday - - CHEAP FIX: HEROIN’S RESURGENCE -

Hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for opi­oid drug use

A 2013 na­tional sur­vey by the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ported hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for opi­oid drug abuse, in­clud­ing heroin, are es­pe­cially high in New Eng­land, Texas and the South­west.

Opi­oid treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties

Although heroin over­dose deaths have quadru­pled over the past decade, the num­ber of treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide has in­creased only slightly in re­cent years.*

Heroin users re­ceiv­ing treat­ment

A 2014 na­tional sur­vey by SAMHSA re­ported that the num­ber of heroin users re­ceiv­ing ad­dic­tion treat­ment has more than dou­bled, with a surge among those 26 and older.

Sources of help

Self-help groups, such as Nar­cotics Anony­mous, are the most pop­u­lar form of treat­ment for heroin users.

Source: Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices’ Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion

Note: Re­spon­dents could re­port that they re­ceived treat­ment in more than one lo­ca­tion.

Note: Re­spon­dents re­ceived heroin treat­ment dur­ing most re­cent sub­stance-abuse treat­ment.

*Only those cer­ti­fied by SAMHSA.

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