Heroin Resurgence: Devastating Risks & Detoured Dreams
In the wake of escalating consumption of heroin, one of the most highly addictive drugs, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment is notifying its stakeholders about the growing concern of heroin use and the devastating consequences of heroin abuse. Understand the effects of heroin abuse, signs and symptoms of heroin use, heroin withdrawal, heroin overdose, heroin addiction treatment and more.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is the most abused and rapidly acting of the opiates. It has been classified by the federal government as a Schedule I narcotic with no legal use. Users most often consume heroin by snorting, smoking or needle injection.
Highly addictive, about 1 out of 4 people (23%) who use heroin become dependent on it.
Fast acting, once a person uses heroin, it enters the brain quickly and affects the regions responsible for producing physical dependence. After repeated exposure, heroin users develop tolerance and increase their dose to achieve the desired high. Thus, the vicious cycle of heroin addiction begins.
To make matters worse, people who want to quit heroin often find themselves using again to manage withdrawal symptoms.
What Does Heroin Look Like?
Heroin is processed from morphine and usually appears as a white or brown powder. Larger blocks of heroin may also appear as a black sticky substance called black tar heroin.