Table 3.6
Heroin admissions aged 12 and older by usual route of administration, age group, and characteristics of first treatment episode: TEDS 1998-2008
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 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total heroin admissions 246,788 257,208 269,967 277,243 284,200 273,567 261,312 259,630 265,962 248,061 267,335
Injection  64.9  65.1  62.6  61.0  61.5  60.4  62.2  62.8  62.9  64.1  64.9
Age group
12 to 19 years   2.0   1.9   1.9   1.8   1.8   1.8   1.9   2.0   1.9   1.8   2.1
20 to 34 years  24.3  24.6  24.1  24.9  25.6  26.0  28.0  29.1  30.0  31.8  34.3
35 to 44 years  25.2  24.0  22.0  20.2  19.2  17.8  17.4  16.8  15.9  15.5  14.2
45 years and older  13.5  14.6  14.7  14.1  15.0  14.8  14.8  14.8  15.1  15.0  14.2
First treatment episode (%)  18.7  19.5  19.9  19.4  20.3  19.9  19.3  23.3  23.6  21.5  20.4
Average years of use before 1st treatment episode  13.5  14.1  13.1  12.8  12.4  12.7  12.6  12.9  13.6  13.5  12.6
Inhalation  30.2  29.6  32.0  33.6  33.2  34.1  32.9  33.1  33.2  31.8  30.8
Age group
12 to 19 years   1.1   1.0   0.9   0.8   0.8   0.8   0.7   0.8   0.7   0.6   0.6
20 to 34 years  14.4  13.7  13.8  13.7  12.7  12.0  11.1  10.6   9.7   8.9   8.8
35 to 44 years  10.8  10.8  12.3  13.3  13.3  13.8  13.3  13.2  12.9  11.9  11.0
45 years and older   3.9   4.0   5.0   5.7   6.4   7.5   7.8   8.5   9.9  10.3  10.4
First treatment episode (%)  25.6  24.4  25.8  26.0  25.7  25.0  25.4  28.8  28.7  24.3  23.5
Average years of use before 1st treatment episode   9.7   9.9  11.1  11.7  12.1  13.0  13.2  13.1  14.0  14.9  14.2
Other   4.8   5.3   5.4   5.4   5.2   5.5   4.9   4.1   3.9   4.2   4.3
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 229,370 240,165 252,372 259,131 265,577 255,424 242,987 257,362 264,098 246,749 265,859
SOURCE: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 8.31.09.

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