Heroin use is up across Washington State — particularly among 18- to 30-year-olds — as prescription-opioid use declines, according to a report from the University of Washington. The report Heroin Trends Across Washington State was released by Caleb Banta-Green from the UW's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.
The report received extensive coverage in the Northwest and in national media:
Seattle Times: Heroin use spikes in young adults, UW report saysThe Oregonian: Washington heroin use, deaths increase, especially among young people
The Olympian: State’s heroin problem growing, study shows.
Yakima Herald: Opioids figure in 18 deaths in Yakima County last yearUS News & World Report: Study: Heroin Abuse Increase May Be Due to Prescription Painkiller Crackdown
The Partnership at Drugfree.org: Heroin use on the rise in Washington State
KUOW Radio: extended interview about heroin trends; also discussed infectious disease/syringe exchange and primary prevention. ListenKPLU Radio: Listen
KOMO TV: Watch
Read the full report.