How many teens use heroin?

Heroin is used mostly by adults. Although its use is rather low, the number of people starting to use heroin has been steadily rising since 2007.4 The greatest increases appear to be in young adults age 18 to 25. In contrast, heroin use has been declining among teens age 12 to 17.5

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.

4 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results From the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville, MD. September 2017. Available at:

5 National Institute on Drug Abuse. Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs. Rockville, MD. December 2019. Available at