In 2018 alone, 128 people died in the United States every day from an opioid overdose, according to drugabuse.gov, which included heroin.
Heroin had its 15 minutes of fame in the 1990s when it was pervasive in the grunge music scene, blamed for the downfall of Kurt Cobain and countless others, and had a starring role in movies like Trainspotting. It was even tied to a fashion moment. While “heroin chic” may have faded from the runways, heroin addiction made its way back into the mainstream as the opioid epidemic began grabbing headlines.
In 2018 alone, 128 people died in the United States every day from an opioid overdose, according to drugabuse.gov, which included heroin. The overdoses didn’t distinguish between rich and poor, young and old, red states or blue states, suburban dwellers or residents of a small town.
Only a year before, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that nearly half a million people in the US are current heroin users. A fraction of that group were adolescents, with the majority of users — approximately 390,000 — were 26 and older.