Reduce the proportion of people who started using heroin in the past year — SU‑17

Status: Target met or exceeded

Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
0.02 percent (2019)

0.03 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

0.03 percent of persons aged 12 years and over reported heroin use initiation in the past 12 months in 2017

Reduce the proportion of persons who initiate heroin use in the past year

Target-Setting Method
Maintain the baseline


Heroin use can lead to opioid use disorder, and heroin overdose deaths have increased in recent years. Because most people who use heroin start by misusing prescription opioids, improving opioid prescribing practices can help prevent people from initiating heroin use.