Heroin purity in the United States

in Substance Abuse

The purity of heroin in the United States is now usually around 50 percent, with some cases being as high as 80 percent. The increase in purity has lead to an increase in deaths, with heroin being the cause of death in 20.3 percents of all cases in 2006 to 2008.

In 2000, around 2,000 people died from an overdose of heroin across all 50 states. By 2008, out of 36 states, that figure increased to 3,000.

(See all heroin addiction statistics.)

Source: Associated Press, “AP IMPACT: Deadly, Ultra-Pure Heroin Arrives In US,” NPR, May 24, 2010.

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