A new ADAI research brief, "Opiate Use and Negative Consequences in Washington State," prepared by Caleb Banta-Green of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, provides an overview of the increasing opiate problem in Washington State.
Washington, like much of the U.S., has seen significant increases in the use and negative consequences of prescription-type opiates over the last 10-15 years. Heroin remains a major drug of abuse and, in recent years, use has increased among young adults and spread beyond the largest cities. Prescription-type opiates appear to be a pathway to heroin for many users, with 39% of heroin injectors in Seattle reporting being "hooked on" prescription-type opiates before trying heroin in 2009.
Both opiate treatment admissions and deaths from heroin or prescription opiate use have increased in the last decade, and in 2010, over 8% of 10th graders in Washington reported having used prescription opiates to "get high" in the previous month, the majority of them using drugs obtained from their own prescriptions or obtained from friends.
Read the complete Research Brief: https://lib.adai.washington.edu/resourcebriefs/opiatewastate2011.pdf
Citation: Banta-Green CJ. Opiate Use and Negative Consequences in Washington State. Seattle: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, August 2011, 4p.