Facts About Heroin

Here are a few facts about heroin:

Heroin is a substance derived from the poppy plant. Poppies are red flowers that are frequently depicted in paintings, photos and even popular movies. The poppy seeds that you might find on a bagel also come from this plant. While there’s no denying how pretty this plant is, it’s also the culprit behind hundreds of years of opiate addictions.

Poppies aren’t only used for heroin, but also for morphine. In fact, heroin was originally created as a less addictive form of morphine. Both of these drugs are considered opioids, though heroin has no documented medical purposes.

What Are the Effects of Heroin?

Similar to opioid painkillers, heroin is popular because it gives the user a feeling of deep relaxation. Many people who develop a heroin addiction often start with painkillers such as OxyContin, moving on to heroin once their doctor stops prescribing the pills or they become too expensive.

Some of the mental effects of heroin abuse and overdose include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Emotional numbness
  • Clouded judgement and thinking

The more dangerous physical effects can include:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Extreme itchiness
  • Blue lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

How is Heroin Used?

Heroin can be used in a few different ways and comes in two main forms. The first is a powder, usually white or brown depending on the drug’s purity and how it was cut. The second is a sticky substance referred to as black tar heroin. This particular variety is only made in Mexico.

Many first time users choose to smoke or snort the powdered version of the drug. However, another popular way to administer heroin is intravenously. Users will mix the powder with water to make it injectable. Also called “shooting up,” this method of heroin use creates what users call a rush. This feeling generally lasts for a few minutes, followed by an “on the nod” phase. During this time, users go through a cycle of drowsiness and wakefulness.

What Other Names Does Heroin Go By?

Heroin goes by a few different street names. Among the most popular and well known are:

“Smack”

“Horse”

“Thunder”

“Brown Sugar”

It’s important to note that the street names for heroin vary from place to place. Dealers may nickname the variety that they’re selling to reflect the drug’s effects and quality.

What Does Heroin Use Look Like in the US?

Heroin and opioid abuse are currently the subject of a public health alert, due to the number of deaths caused by heroin overdose. One of the most disturbing facts about heroin is that from 1999–2014, the rate of heroin deaths due to overdose rose 248%. As a result, the DEA is calling heroin addiction an epidemic among the American population.

Heroin use is most prevalent in the northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions of the US, but is quickly becoming a nationwide problem. Many Meridian Drug Rehab Centers offer specific heroin rehab programs in response to this epidemic.

Is There Help for Heroin Addiction?

Now that you’ve some facts about heroin, the good news is that help is available. Going through a detox and heroin overdose treatment program is the best and most effective way to turn your life around. Don’t let heroin addiction control your life for another day. Contact us here for more information.