The National Heroin Threat Assessment (NHTA), released today by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), shows heroin use and availability on the rise and causing more overdose deaths than at any time in the last decade. Although fewer people presently use heroin than other illicit drugs, the heroin user population is growing at a faster rate than any other drug of abuse, almost doubling between 2007 and 2013—from 161,000 to 289,000—according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths involving heroin more than tripled between 2007 (2,402) and 2013 (8,260).
“DEA is targeting the cartels that produce and smuggle heroin into the U.S. and organized criminals that distribute this poison.” said DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “We will continue to combat heroin trafficking to protect Americans from this severe and growing threat.”
Read more at: http://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2015/hq052215.shtml
Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency – May 22, 2015