According to druabuse.gov, heroin use is in on the rise. Part of this increase in heroin usage is the crackdown on the prescription of opioids.
In 2018, nearly 15,000 people died from a heroin drug overdose in the United States according to the CDC. Heroin is often a carrier drug for the more deadily fentanyl which is often mixed into heroin to give it extra potency. This indirectly gives heroin an even more dangerous reputation due to the number of overdose deaths from heroin as well as those from fentanyl.
In 2015, the cost of horin use disorder was estimated at a staggering $51.2 billion dollars. This was based on the number of heroin users, the cost of HCV treatment, as well as costs of incarcerating heroin users for related crimes.
The great amount of interest in the damage and cost the heroin epidemic has waged on the nation as well as on the infrastructure was largely fueled by the explosion in number of heroin users between 2000 and 2013. Between those years, heroin users had doubled. Overdose deaths related to heroin had also tripled since 2002, culminating in a record breaking year in 2014 in which the number of drug overdose deaths hit an all time high of just over 47,000.