Heroin

heroinHeroin is a highly addictive and dangerous drug.  Heroin comes from morphine, which we get from the opium poppy.  Heroin is a depressant that affects how the brain perceives pain.  Heroin can be used intravenously, smoked, snorted, muscle popped or mixed with marijuana and smoked. 

The short term affects for users appear after the first initial use.  Users report feeling a rush, or a feeling of euphoria come over their entire body.  Skin becomes warm and flushed, accompanied by dry mouth, and the user will go into what they call “a nod” which is a state of being awake and drowsy or asleep.  Mental functioning during this period of time becomes clouded because of the depression to the central nervous system.  Other side effects during this time include slurred or slowed speech, constricted pupils, vomiting, constipation, impaired vision, and slow movements or gait. 

Long-term effects of heroin use appear after some chronic use.  Users may start seeing collapsed veins, abscesses, and cellulicites.  Pulmonary complications including pneumonia and infection in the heart lining and valves can result from poor health conditions that heroin puts on the human body. 

 Withdrawal from heroin which in a chronic user can start within an hour of their last use consists of muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, cold and hot flashes, bone pain, irritability, restlessness, and the urge to kick or punch things.  Withdrawal symptoms will be at their worst at about 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of heroin was taken, depending on how much heroin the person was using.  Withdrawal symptoms will subside in about a week. 

More than 53 percent of all heroin-associated deaths statewide are between 15 and 35 years of age.  For adults ages 25 and up illicit drug overdose is one of the leading causes of death, 38,329 which is greater than motor vehicle deaths which was 35,332.  Statistics show that over 80 percent of heroin users don’t use alone yet 80 percent of overdose victims found by paramedics have been found alone.  Sadly children as young as 13 have been found using heroin today.​​ 

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