Volume 17, Issue 4 (October 1972)
The Phenomenon of Adolescent Addiction
In 1969 the office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City released statistics which provided blunt quantitative confirmation to a matter of growing concern to both the lay and professional communities. Two hundred twenty-four deaths from heroin were attributed to persons between the ages of 12 and 18, representing 25 percent of the total number of deaths in that city due to heroin. This startling statistic represented a fantastic increase from the preceding year and was greater than 5 percent for the first time in the fifty-year period that this information was compiled.