Heroin is an illegal substance that falls under the category of a narcotic or opioid. It is derived directly from a natural and wholly legal medication, known as morphine. Morphine is a powerful painkiller that is administered to patients suffering moderate to severe pain. Heroin, on the other hand, is used primarily for its euphoric and relaxing effect. This drug is highly addictive, possibly causing a person to become addicted after only one or two uses.
Though it comes from a drug that is prescribed by doctors long-term use of both and abuse in general has serious negative side effects and can be life threatening. A majority of accidental drug overdoses in the United States today occur as a result of prescription drug abuse or heroin abuse. Almost always heroin abusers develop an addiction and one that is not easy to recover from. However, Drug Treatment Centers Lakewood offers a combined treatment program that can treat heroin addiction and help those suffering to overcome its powerful effects.
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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2011 approximately 4.2 million people in the United States had used heroin at least once in their lifetime. To further explain the issue, in 2012, 669,000 people in the United States had used heroin within the past year of being surveyed.
Heroin exists in two forms, pure and black tar heroin. Pure heroin is a bright white powder that is most often smoked or snorted. Black tar heroin, on the other hand, is often packages in solid form and is a sticky, substance known for the black residue it leaves. Black tar heroin is far more common and is almost always melted down and injected directly into the vein. Heroin abuse occurs when a person begins to rely on it to feel positive emotions or to feel any sense of calm. If a person uses heroin repeatedly or frequently to achieve these feelings, it constitutes abuse.
When a person begins using and abusing heroin, there are certain signs and symptoms that occur. The internal changes or feelings (symptoms) can include:
Additionally, there are certain signs (external indications) that a person is using or abusing heroin and may be developing an addiction. These include:
There are a variety of negative health effects that heroin abuse and addiction can cause. While some are more serious than others, each can take their toll on the body. Many heroin users experience chronically runny noses. They also frequently feel as though their skin is itchy and leave scratches and cuts on their skin in an attempt to relieve the itching. Beyond that, infection is frequent both due to open wounds from scratches as well as frequently used injection sites that do not get the opportunity to close and heal.
This paired with lethargy and a lack of concern for proper hygiene is a recipe for infections. Sepsis, a dangerous blood infection can easily occur from bacteria and other germs that get into the bloodstream through injection sites. Endocarditis, a bacterial infection in the lining of the heart is also seen among many heroin abusers. This infection can be fatal and may require open heart surgery to treat. Cardiac arrest is a concern as well due to the slowing effect the drug has on the heart.
If you are struggling to overcome a heroin addiction or have a loved one who is suffering, contact a Drug Treatment Centers Lakewood as soon as possible for support and assistance getting proper medical detox and drug rehab treatment. (732) 730-5450