A drug processed from morphine, heroin is one of the most addictive substances available. Over the years abuse of the drug has skyrocketed, especially amongst new younger users. The problem has overtaken small communities, plagued inner-cities and destroyed families.
Statistics indicate that over 600,000 people over 12 have used heroin in the United States. In addition to this at least 3% of high school seniors have engaged in the use of the drug.
Why Would Someone Use Heroin
Heroin is a drug that was known for years as an IV [inject-able] substance that caused many diseases like HIV or AIDS and killed more users than any other drug available. Over the last 10 years more and more users have started using heroin in a new way; snorting and smoking the substance. This is one reason why there has been a spike in use.
However there is also a connection that has pulled many new users to heroin. That is the heroin, prescription drug relationship.
Nearly 8 million people in the country have used a prescription painkiller non-medically. This includes drugs like Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Vicoden. Because of the chemical make-up of these drugs they are very similar to heroin. In fact, enough of a painkiller can produce the same effect that heroin produces.
Because painkillers are so widely prescribed and promoted, they are very available to young people. Many think that because they are ‘legal’ that painkillers are not dangerous or addictive. Therefore one will start using a painkiller with this in mind and become addicted.
As they use more and more of the substance they build a drug tolerance where they have to take more and more to get the same effect.
As time goes on painkillers become more expensive as more of the drug has to be taken each time for the user to get a high off of it. The user then starts to look for a cheaper and easier way to get their high. That is where heroin comes in to play.
Signs That Someone Is Using Heroin
There are many signs that indicate that a person is a heroin user. They include:
• A look of euphoria, drowsiness and inability to stay awake for intermitted periods (nodding out).
• Small or constricted pupils (dark part of the eyes).
• Itching of the skin.
• Clammy skin.
• Edgy or irritated behavior.
• Track marks in the arm if the individual is an IV user.
• Times when one is high (acting lethargic) followed by illness that resembles flu symptoms.
• Withdrawal that includes nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, bone aches, insomnia, depression.
• Financial issues including inability to keep a job and not having any money.
• Legal issues such as arrests for drug possession, theft or other drug related crimes.
It is important that if you know someone with one or any of these symptoms that you get them immediate help. The death rate from heroin and their related drug, prescription painkillers have skyrocketed over the last 10 years. Even using the drug a few times can put someone at major risk for addiction as well as overdoses and other health problems.
Long term treatment has proven to be a successful solution for heroin addiction. Programs that are drug free are even better. The key is removing the person from the drug using environment, taking them off of all drugs and giving them rehabilitation that focuses on both the physical and mental aspects of the addiction problem.
Narconon rehab centers are a good alternative to heroin use; achieving a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety from drugs. Contact us today for more information.