Heroin Use More Than Doubles Among Youths
May 7, 2001
The number of Colorado young adults seeking treatment for heroin use has more than doubled since 1993, according to state officials. State admissions for heroin treatment for those ages 18 to 25 rose from 148 in 1993, or 8.9 percent of total admissions, to 346 in 1999, or 16.7 percent of admissions, said Bruce Mendelson, data analyst for the state Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Officials also noted an increase in hepatitis C among those who inject heroin. More than a third of young adults in Denver who inject heroin have the blood-borne disease.Adapted from:
Associated Press; 05.07.01
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