mostatriskThose Most at Risk for Heroin Addiction

With the recent spike in opioid addictions and the epidemic that seems to be sweeping across the United States, it is noteworthy to point out some traits that occur in individuals that are most likely to become addicted to heroin. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put together a list of characteristics which most exemplify those at risk:

  • People who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers
  • People who are addicted to cocaine
  • People without insurance or enrolled in Medicaid
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Males
  • People who are addicted to marijuana and alcohol
  • People living in a large metropolitan area
  • 18 to 25 year olds

Upon examination of the list, it is apparent why there is such an increase in heroin addictions. Gone are the days when the risks of addiction were slight and specific – limited to very specific demographics. With these traits the CDC has identified, is it easy to see that so many of us possess the risk qualities for heroin addiction.

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