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Illicit drug use in the US holds steady, but heroin use is on rise

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5544 (Published 10 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5544
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Although illicit drug use in the United States has remained steady overall, there has been a sharp rise in the use of heroin over the past decade and the percentage of older Americans using illicit drugs continues to rise, a new government report has said.1

The report, an annual survey of illicit drug use conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that 23.9 million Americans aged 12 and older, 9.2% of that population, had used an illicit drug …

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