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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
There was no significant change in the number of current heroin users in 2005 (136,000), nor in the rate of heroin use (0.1 percent), compared with estimates from 2004.
In 2005, there were 953,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used hallucinogens for the first time within the past 12 months. This estimate was not significantly different from the estimates in 2004 (934,000) or 2003 (886,000), but it was lower than the estimate in 2002 (1.2 million).
Heroin facts about withdrawal cover a wide range of symptoms that occur after stopping or dramatically lowering ones heroin use. Heroin withdrawal is caused by physical dependence. This means that a person relies on heroin to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of heroin become necessary to produce the same effect. The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual.
As is the case with other serious health problems, recovery from a chronic drug addiction problem can be a long-term process that may require multiple episodes of treatment, often including "booster" sessions and other forms of continuing care.
Individuals who inject crystal meth expose themselves to other additional health risks, including contracting the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other types of blood borne viruses.
Contrary to popular belief, the 'typical' overdose victim is not a young novice or inexperienced user. Rather, the average age of death reported is in the late twenties and early thirties. Eighty per cent of deaths were classified as dependent, regular users. Given that the mean age of death reported in most studies is approximately 30 years, and that heroin-using careers typically start in the late teens, most fatal cases have been using heroin for a considerable amount of time prior to death. They do not, on the whole, appear to be novice users but older dependent heroin users. Deaths do occur among recreational heroin users as well. It is estimated that 17% of heroin overdose deaths are by recreational/weekend users.