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Research Letter
February 11, 2020

Reported Heroin Use, Use Disorder, and Injection Among Adults in the United States, 2002-2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, Maryland
  • 2National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2020;323(6):568-571. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20844

Heroin-related morbidity and mortality have increased over the past 17 years in the United States, including an increase in overdose deaths from 2089 in 2002 to 15 259 in 20181 and an increase of multiple outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis infections related to injection drug use.2-5 Yet research has not examined whether heroin injection is increasing.