Heroin is an opioid drug that is made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of opium poppy plants found in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Columbia. Heroin is a commonly abused drug in America, and is used in a variety of forms: white or brown powder, sticky substance (black tar heroin), and solid black chunks. These various forms of the drug can be snorted, injected, or smoked, and the effects are immediate.
Heroin gives people a “rush” and a warm, calming feeling that also gives them self-confidence and an overall sense of well-being. While these effects may appear pleasurable, they can damage the body over time especially as a person builds their tolerance to it. A person whose tolerance is built means they must take the drug in higher doses and more often to achieve the same “high” that they initially felt. Once this happens, the person becomes dependent on heroin, meaning they feel as though they physically and psychologically need the drug to be happy and feel calm. This can lead to addiction, which has many health consequences.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains the following as long-term damaging effects of heroin addiction: insomnia, constipation, lung complications such as tuberculosis or pneumonia, depression, antisocial personality disorder, sexual dysfunction, irregular menstrual cycles, scarred/collapsed veins, clogging of blood vessels, and more. The damages caused to the body depend on the ways in which heroin was consumed.
Angela Haupt, writer for U.S. News, covered heroin addiction in 2014 and raised the concern that when people get heroin, they never know what they are truly consuming. There is such a thing as “bad heroin” that has killed people – it has reportedly killed 22 people in Pennsylvania. When someone purchases heroin, it could be laced with anything – Haupt notes that drug dealers often use fentanyl mixed in heroin to produce an even stronger “high”, although it is deadly.
If you are addicted to heroin or any other drug, speak with a healthcare professional today. There are many resources and people out there who want to see you overcome your addiction. You are not alone. Help is available and seeking it could mean saving your life. Take that step towards your recovery today.
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