A new report from SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set, Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions, included the following major findings:
- In 2007, there were just over 1,600 adolescent (age 12 to 17) substance abuse treatment admissions for heroin abuse.
- On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment.
- More than half (56 percent) of adolescent heroin admissions had at least one prior treatment episode.
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