Of all the Opiates, Heroin is the most common and intensely addictive. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that about 23 percent of people who use heroin become dependent on the substance. With the first hit, their brain cells are changed and an addiction can follow.
Heroin can be taken in different ways; smoked, snorted or injected-, and it can extend its vice grip on anyone. Many users may mix it or also use it with an “upper” drug as the high wears the body down. Serious health risks are prevalent in heroin users from the way the drug is taken. Sharing needles, for example, increases the risk of Hepatitis C or HIV.
Heroin users will often begin to decline in appearance and health as addiction takes its hold. Time becomes abstract, and many addicts find activities involving hygiene, work, and social activities no longer interesting. Other long term effects include liver and kidney disease, insomnia, heart infection, lung problems such as pneumonia, depression and constipation, among others. If there are additives mixed with the heroin, those have the potential to cause organ damage.
Final health complication may result in overdose induced death.
Do you or a loved one show signs and symptoms of being addicted ? Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available. It provides a first high that will forever be unattainable again, and users continuously chase after that feeling. Eventually this high becomes the “normal” for addicts, and they are unable to believe they can function without it. In addition to being extremely addictive, heroin is extremely dangerous. This drug is a high risk factor for overdoses and Fentanyl lacing. This is a serious issue. If you are a loved one is a heroin user, please consider treatment