Table 3.6. Heroin admissions aged 12 and older, by usual route of administration, age group, and characteristics of first treatment episode: 2001-2011
Percent distribution
[Based on administrative data reported to TEDS by all reporting States and jurisdictions.]
Usual route of administration,
age group, and characteristics
of first treatment episode
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total heroin admissions 277,556 285,036 274,502 262,506 260,690 267,511 261,951 280,692 285,983 264,277 278,481
Injection  61.0  61.6  60.5  62.1  62.8  63.6  64.2  64.8  66.7  69.3  69.8
Age group
12 to 19 years   1.8   1.8   1.8   1.9   2.0   1.9   1.9   2.1   2.5   2.5   2.3
20 to 34 years  24.9  25.6  26.1  28.0  29.1  30.8  32.3  34.3  37.4  40.7  42.4
35 to 44 years  20.2  19.2  17.8  17.3  16.8  15.9  15.3  14.1  13.6  13.0  12.8
45 years and older  14.1  15.0  14.8  14.9  14.9  15.0  14.7  14.2  13.2  13.0  12.4
First treatment episode (%)  19.4  20.4  19.9  19.3  23.2  22.2  20.4  20.4  21.2  18.4  18.2
Average years of use before
    first treatment episode
 12.8  12.4  12.7  12.6  12.9  13.6  13.5  12.5  11.6  10.7   9.9
Inhalation  33.6  33.2  34.1  33.0  33.1  32.5  31.7  30.9  28.9  25.8  24.9
Age group
12 to 19 years   0.8   0.8   0.8   0.7   0.8   0.7   0.6   0.7   0.6   0.5   0.5
20 to 34 years  13.7  12.7  12.0  11.1  10.6   9.7   9.0   8.9   8.5   7.7   7.5
35 to 44 years  13.3  13.3  13.8  13.4  13.2  12.5  12.0  11.0   9.6   8.0   7.0
45 years and older   5.7   6.4   7.5   7.8   8.5   9.6  10.2  10.4  10.1   9.7   9.9
First treatment episode (%)  26.0  25.7  25.0  25.6  28.8  27.7  24.0  23.3  24.5  21.4  19.8
Average years of use before
    first treatment episode
 11.7  12.1  13.0  13.2  13.1  14.1  15.0  14.2  14.3  14.4  13.6
Other   5.4   5.2   5.5   4.9   4.1   4.0   4.1   4.3   4.4   4.9   5.3
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No. of admissions 259,444 266,412 256,359 244,181 258,417 265,646 260,533 279,154 285,161 263,448 277,556
SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 10.15.12.

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