Heroin Addiction

COMMON STREET NAMES:

Smack, H, Horse, Mud, Brown Sugar, Junk, Black Tar, Big H, Dope, Skag, Thunder, Nose Drops, Hell Dust

DRUG BASICS:

Heroin is an Opioid drug that is synthesized from Morphine. It is often sold in a white or brown powder or a black substance that is referred to as “Black Tar Heroin”. Heroin can be sniffed, snorted or injected and rapidly reaches the brain. Many Heroin users first became addicted to prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin but turned to Heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain. Heroin is often laced with harmful chemicals adding to the danger of use. Heroin is the most frequently reported drug by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths. In other words…Heroin kills. Heroin quickly enters the brain and destroys your ability to act and make decisions.

DRUG EFFECTS:

Common effects include erratic behavior, violent outbursts, slowed down reaction time and memory and suppression of breathing.

ADDED RISKS:

Users who share needles and inject heroin have a high risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and C, and many other diseases. These diseases can be passed down from the user to newborns and sexual partners. Mixing heroin with alcohol or other drugs are extremely unpredictable but have been known to stop your ability to breath and leads to death.

DRUG FACTS:

Heroin is an illegal Schedule I drug and comes in many forms. Users can snort, smoke, or inject the drug; Using Heroine just one time can cause immediate harm. Many addicts who relapse after going through detox and become “clean” will go back to using Heroin in the same amounts they were using before, looking for that same “high” they had prior to recovery, only to overdose because their tolerance to Heroin has significantly decreased.

IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:

Extremely, heroin is one of the most highly addictive drugs. Using Heroin just once can lead to addiction.

SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:

Euphoria, Drowsiness, Impaired Cognitive Functioning, Slowed Down Breathing, Constricted Pupils, itching at the skin – signs of Heroin overdose include: Gasping for air or shallow breathing, Clammy Skin, Convulsions, Coma or unconsciousness.

COMMONLY ASKED:

There is no safe way to use Heroin and you can die from an overdose if snorted, smoked or injected.
Sudden withdrawal from Heroin can produce severe drug cravings, restlessness, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, and may last anywhere from one week to a couple months. It is rare that a withdrawal would kill someone but continued use of Heroin is sure lead to death.

Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.

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