Changing Trends in Injection Drug Use (image) University of Southern California Share Print E-Mail Caption USC researchers found that injection drug users from younger generations are more likely than older users to have tried heroin or opiates as their first drug. People who abuse opioids are believed to slide more quickly into injection drug abuse than other drug users, so researchers believe that without intervention, today's opioid epidemic will lead to growing injection drug abuse among the young. Credit USC News Usage Restrictions If you use this graphic, please link to the following URL so we can track metrics: https://infogr.am/first_intravenous_drug_injected_by_birth_cohort Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.