Reduce the proportion of people who used heroin in the past year — SU‑16

Status: Target met or exceeded

Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
0.27 percent (2019)

0.33 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

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

Reduce the proportion of persons using heroin 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 reduce heroin use.