“Far fewer people in the United States started using heroin last year, but the decline among young new 18- to 25-year-old heroin users was almost
imperceptible – and that age group saw a big jump in methamphetamine and marijuana use, the federal government reported Friday.
The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health emphasizes what it calls these “transitional aged youth” because they have higher rates of cigarette use, alcohol abuse and heroin use disorder, and they use more cocaine, meth and LSD, than people both younger and older.
The report, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, showed one positive change among 18- to 25-year-olds: They’re misusing prescription opioids less. In 2015, SAMHSA estimated 8.5 percent of people in that age range misused prescription opioids; that dropped to just over 7 percent in 2017.”
Source: USAToday.com -September 14, 2018