Dangers Of Heroin Addiction

by | Oct 13, 2016 | Drug Addiction Treatment Center

Heroin is a highly dangerous, addictive illegal drug that is an altered version of the pain killer, morphine. It appears in several forms, including a white powder or sometimes as a black, tarry substance called black tar heroin. Heroin can be ingested via smoking, snorting or by injection, and acts quickly once it gets into the user’s system. Heroin use can quickly lead to addiction and, sadly, causes many deaths every day in this country.

Heroin Addiction Statistics Show More Overdose Deaths
When some suffers from heroin addiction, it can lead to dire consequences, including coma and death from overdose. According to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse; heroin death rates increased fivefold from 2001 to 2013. About 100 people die every day in our country from opiate overdoses.

Heroin Addiction Causes both Physical and Mental Effects
Heroin binds to the brain’s opiate receptors, which causes euphoria in users. The more opiates one takes, the more receptors are made in the brain. As such, more and more heroin is needed for the individual to attain the desired effects. Overtime, long term effects can set in, causing physical ailments such as hepatitis and even AIDS. With just a bit more heroin than one’s brain in used to, one can stop breathing, which is how heroin can lead to death.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Heroin Addiction
Without regular doses of heroin, an Opiate Dependent person will be anxious, restless and experience a fast heart rate. Other withdrawal symptoms include shaking, sweating, shivering, and pain in bones and muscles. The individual in opiate withdrawal also experiences severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, lasting several days. The user is not able to tolerate these withdrawal symptoms and returns to using the heroin.

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