Published on August 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM
The report also found significant shift between 2008 and 2011 in heroin initiation levels and patterns. For example, although overall heroin initiation rose among all 12 to 49 year olds, these increases were only seen among adults aged 18 to 25 and 26 to 49, with no change in the rate among youths aged 12 to 17. Heroin initiation among people with annual incomes less than $20,000 or $20,000-$49,999 also increased during this time period.
Past-year heroin initiation rates went up sharply in all regions of the nation during this period except the South where the rate stayed lowest in country. Heroin initiation rates were also lower among Blacks than among other racial and ethnic groups.
SAMHSA funds projects which focus on preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse. For example, SAMHSA's Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace provides work-based educational materials and other resources and supports to preventing drug misuse and abuse. SAMHSA also offers a number of web-based and print materials to educate patients, the public, and providers about prescription drug abuse, including the Not Worth the Risk, Even If It's Legal campaign and the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies, which provides support, training, and mentoring services to a variety of healthcare providers on the safe and appropriate prescribing of opioids.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration