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NIDA releases updated Heroin Research Report

March 7, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has updated its online Heroin Research Report to offer professionals and the public the most current data on heroin use and its consequences. Some of the topics included in the report include:

  • “What is heroin and how is it used?”
  • “What is the scope of heroin use in the United States?”
  • “What can be done for a heroin overdose?”
  • “What are the treatments for heroin addiction?”

The report opens with a letter from Nora Volkow, MD, director of NIDA, in which she says the publication sets out to “inform readers about the harmful effects of heroin as well as assist in prevention and treatment efforts.”

Additionally, NIDA has updated its Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG), which provides information on regional trends for heroin and other drugs of abuse. 

In Cincinnati, Ohio, heroin surpassed marijuana as the predominant drug problem during the first half of 2013, according to the updated report. In Atlanta, Ga., the report shows that during the first half of 2013, individuals seeking treatment for heroin addiction were younger and more likely to be white than in previous years. In Seattle, Wash., “Reports identified as heroin constituted 22.6 percent of all drug reports in the first half of 2013, compared with 17.9 percent in the first half of 2012.”