The total cost of heroin use in the United States reached more than $51 billion in 2015, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The cost estimate includes heroin-related crime and imprisonment, as well as addiction treatment and chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin use, such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B and C, HealthDay reports.
Other costs include treating newborns with heroin-related medical conditions, overdose deaths and lost productivity on the job.
An estimated 1 million people in the United States use heroin, the article notes. On average, the societal cost per person who uses heroin is $50,799, according to a university news release.
The findings are published in the journal PLOS One.