The U.S is currently in the midst of an Opioid epidemic with around 130 people dying of overdose every day.
Heroin, though illegal in most areas, is one of the most pervasive types of Opioids as it can be cheap and easy to acquire. Heroin use leads to negative effects almost immediately, with users needing to increase the amount they intake so they can avoid the painful and sometimes deadly withdrawals. Many people who are prescribed Opioid painkillers end up using Heroin because they can no longer get enough painkillers legally. These days, Fentanyl is often found in Heroin or substituted for it, leading to a significantly increased chance of overdose. Fentanyl is a much stronger Opioid, and a very small amount can lead to overdose.
Are you addicted to Heroin?
Heroin addiction can start as a prescription drug addiction, where users have substituted heroin for their prescription painkiller because it is easy to obtain. For others, Heroin addiction started as occasional recreational use. Regardless of what route led you to heroin addiction, the end result is devastating for you and your loved ones. Heroin use tends to spiral from the euphoric feelings of early use to a miserable addiction very quickly. Tolerance sets in rapidly and the user will find themselves needing more and more to avoid the awful withdrawals. Often, the user will find themselves sacrificing their values and good judgement in going to any lengths to obtain more of the drug and avoid withdrawal. Attempting to regain the initial euphoria that Heroin and other Opioids induce in early use, users will soon find themselves needing a constant supply just to feel normal and somewhat functional. Heroin affects the brain dramatically, leaving users unable to feel pleasure without it and decreasing the ability to make rational decisions.
Here are some warning signs of a Heroin addiction: