Heroin

Heroin is derived from the poppy plant. It is an opiate and is synthesized with morphine.  Heroin may be white in appearance and is also sometimes brown. Black tar heroin is another variety which is black in color and sticky. Heroin can be consumed in a number of ways.  Individuals can smoke it, inject it, or snort it. There are high incidences of Hepatitis C and HIV transmission amongst those who use heroin via injection.

Heroin is extremely powerful and addicting. It is possible for users to develop an addiction very quickly which makes it very dangerous.  Heroin has numerous negative effects on those who take it. Overdosing is always a risk.  As mentioned above, hepatitis and HIV are also potential dangers, amongst those who inject the drug. Individuals who use heroin chronically and/or who consume large amounts of it may suffer from liver and kidney disease or failure, heart lining and hart valve infections as well as collapsed veins. Pneumonia and other pulmonary ailments also may develop.

 Heroin sold on the street is often mixed with additional substances. These can cause major health problems.  They put users in danger of developing brain damage and also kidney and liver problems.  This is because the additives can cause blood vessels to get clogged, making it difficult for blood to reach the organs. They subsequently can become damaged.

Quitting heroin is a very difficult.  Users or addicts will have severe withdrawal symptoms, including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea and cold flashes. These typically last up to 72 hours, though those individuals that have a severe addiction may still suffer from withdrawal symptoms up to a few months after their last use of the drug.

Those with an addiction to heroin will likely need to enter some sort of rehabilitation facility to get help. There are numerous ways to treat heroin addicts.  Oftentimes, detoxification is required and is generally the first step in the recovery process.  Sometimes, special medications are given to lessen the withdrawal symptoms so that is it easier for persons to avoid relapsing.  Often times, individuals will start using again because the side effects are so horrible. Methadone and Buprenorphine are commonly given to heroin addicts while they are going through the detoxification process to help them get through it.

Heroin Basics

     Heroin is a powerful opiate. Individuals that take it report strong feelings of euphoria. Heroin is very addicting, it can be quite dangerous and is associated with the transmission of high levels of infectious disease due to individuals sharing contaminated needles.  Heroin is a euphoric depressant and is known on the streets by the names smack and junk. The appearance of heroin will differ based on what type it is. It may be white, brown or black.  It can be ...

Heroin Dangers

  Heroin use can be very dangerous.  Individuals are at risk of overdosing and acquiring diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV from sharing needles.  It is also dangerous for pregnant woman. Those who use heroin while with child, may experience a spontaneous abortion. Pulmonary problems, pneumonia, clogged blood vessels and damage to the brain, liver and kidneys are also possibilities.     There are many dangers associated with heroin use. Besides the most obvious, '...

Heroin Addiction

  Heroin is very addicting. Some studies claim that more than 20% of individuals who use it will develop an addiction to it. It is possible to develop a tolerance to it as well.  When this occurs, users will need more and more of the drug in order to get high.   Because heroin is physically addicting individuals who stop taking it will experience withdrawals. These may include things such as pain in the bones, diarrhea, insomnia, muscle pain and cold flashes. Individuals wil...

Heroin Mixing

   Heroin is a dangerous enough drug on its own.  Mixing it with another drug can cause even further problems and significantly increases the risk of something going wrong. Mixing heroin with alcohol and cocaine can be especially problematic (dangerous) and should always be avoided.   Mixing heroin with alcohol is extremely dangerous. Both of these substances are depressants and when taken together can depress the pulmonary system so much that the person dies. Heroin ...

Heroin Questions and Answers

  A. What is a speedball? A speedball is a dangerous mixture of cocaine and heroin. When these two drugs are taken together, they not only put a huge amount of strain on the heart, but they also “confuse” it. One drug, cocaine, is encouraging it to speed up and the other, heroin, is telling it to slow down. Sometimes, the heart gets off of rhythm and the user dies. Two famous persons who have succumbed due to a speedball are John Belushi (comedian and musician) and River Pho...

Heroin Legality

It is illegal to be in possession of heroin and also to manufacture and distribute it. It is classified as a Schedule 1 Drug in the United States. Schedule 1 drugs are those that are the most addicting and have no medicinal value or use, at least not in the United States. Heroin can be used to treat pain. Many opiates are used for this purpose. This would seemingly knock it off of the Schedule 1 list. However, it doesn’t. Perhaps because it is not used for this purpose in the United Sta...

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