Home > Lifestyle > Street drugs > News 06 January 2014 More young people using heroin A worrying trend is the use of heroin by younger people – in combination with other drugs, such as cocaine and dagga. 1 iStock Related Heroin addiction changes DNA Painkillers can lead to heroin use Faces of addiction Like Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you depressed? » Ask Addiction Expert » Talk Divorce support » 'Stoner Sloth' anti-weed ads backfire The science of getting drunk Heroin usage is on the rise as drug users become younger across South Africa, the Sunday Independent reports. "The trend by young people to use heroin in combination with other drugs, such as cocaine and dagga, remains a serious concern," Dr David Fourie, convenor of the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's (Sanca) research portfolio committee told the newspaper.Sanca released a report on addiction based on figures obtained from 10 000 people seeking drug rehabilitation from April 2012 to March 2013.Read: Younger South Africans are starting to use heroin 40% of those seeking help were teenagers from Grades 8 to 10.A 9% increase in the number of people using heroin was noted in the most recent research period, compared to the same time in 2010/11.Read: Giving heroin to addicts may help them stopMpumalanga was identified as the province with the highest proportion users of heroin, and nyaope, which contains heroin, antiretroviral drugs, and rat poison.Fourie also highlighted that over the last seven years dagga use climbed from 18% to 31% among drug users.Read More:Heroin has become the drug of choice for many young South AfricansHeroin: Two readers share their stories NEXT ON HEALTH24X FDA bans e-cig liquid products that look like snacks and candies 2018-09-12 19:00 More: Street drugsNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.