Heroin Addiction

What is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is an opiate that relaxes the body and bestows a feeling of euphoria by triggering the pleasure centers of the brain. It’s a highly addictive drug that is two to four times more potent than morphine and takes effect much faster. It’s taken intravenously or nasally (via smoking or snorting).

Symptoms and signs

heroin2Users under the influence of heroin will display certain symptoms:

* Shortness of breath

* Constricted pupils

* Track marks (scars from injections)

* Disorientation

* Extreme alertness that suddenly shifts to drowsiness

More concrete signs of heroin addiction include possession or use of physical paraphernalia like:

* Needles or syringes

* Burned silver spoons

* Straws with burn marks

* Aluminium foil or wrappers with burn marks

* Small plastic bags with white, powdery residue

* Glass or metal pipes

A combination of any of these signs and symptoms is a strong indicator that a person is suffering from heroin addiction.

Long-term complications

Extended heroin abuse can result in serious health complications such as:

* Heart problems

* HIV (from shared needles)

* Hepatitis B or C (from shared needles)

* Chronic pneumonia

* Collapsed veins

* Seizures

* Liver disease

* Arthritis

* Bacterial infections

Heroin addicts will also suffer from social problems as the addiction drains personal finances, affects work performance, and destroys relationships with friends and family.

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