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
* Shortness of breath
* Constricted pupils
* Track marks (scars from injections)
* 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.
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
* Liver disease
* 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.