One in four fatal drug overdoses in the United States involved heroin, new statistics have revealed.

Official figures from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showed that around 25 per cent of drug overdose deaths in 2015 involved the class-A opiate, compared to eight per cent in 2010. This rise is thought to be partly down to the increased availability of heroin in the United States as well as falling prices.

There is also a link between the misuse of prescription drugs like codeine and morphine and heroin abuse.

Courtney Lenard, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Addiction Now: “The relationship between prescription opioid and heroin misuse suggests that if we reduce the abuse of prescription opioids we will reduce the risk of heroin use. One of CDC’s efforts has been curbing inappropriate opioid prescribing so that there are fewer people addicted in the first place.”

Prescription drug use make addiction more likely

She added: “Evidence suggests that widespread opioid exposure and increasing rates of opioid addiction, or opioid use disorder, have played a major role in the growth of heroin use.”

Those most at risk of becoming addicted to heroin are those who are dependent on prescription opioids, cocaine or alcohol. And white city-dwelling men aged between 18 and 25 are the most likely to become hooked on the drug.

AlphaBiolabs offers drug tests which can detect whether someone has been using heroin as well as prescription opioids. This can help identify people who need help and support with their drug use before it escalates into a potentially deadly addiction.

As well as selling tests which can be ordered online by the general public, we carry out legal drug tests for solicitors firms, courts, local authorities and other organisations. The results of these tests can be used as evidence in legal proceedings as strict procedures are followed concerning sample collection.

Employers can also use us for workplace drug testing to check whether staff are misusing substances.