Even though sometimes our curiosity can get us into trouble when we act on it, curiosity in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. Through curiosity we can find answers to difficult problems and it can even lead to the discovery of cures for illness and disease. But it's true there are situations where being curious about something can be a negative thing, especially when it's about something that could cause harm to oneself or someone else.
Curiosity and Substance Use
Unfortunately many people struggling with drug addiction today actually started out trying drugs through curiosity after listening to a friend or someone else describe the way the substance made them feel. This is very common among young people, especially when they're in their teens or during young adulthood. A lot of young people think it can't hurt to try a drug once just to see what the hype is all about.
Most young people would never dream of trying dangerous street drugs like heroin, cocaine or meth at any time in their life though. Young people are much more apt to try smoking marijuana if they're curious about what being high is all about. Prescription medications are also commonly abused anymore and because they're legal drugs, curious teens and young adults often choose to experiment with them because they think it's a safer way to get high.
Most people don't understand that there is no 'safe way to obtain a high' and that everyone responds to drug use differently. Trying drugs legal or not for the first time could be a decision a person will regret someday because it doesn't always stop there. Some people can try pot or a prescription medication once and never do it again, but unfortunately that's not true for everyone. The high and other effects drugs produce when they're abused keeps an enormous amount of people coming back for more.
Accidental Drug Overdose
Overdose is always a risk a person takes when they're abusing drugs of any kind. Everyone reacts differently to drugs so you never know what might happen the first time you try any drug for the purpose of getting high. There are always potential side effects to worry about whether it's a legal medication or any other drug.
Taking too high of a dose for that person or combining them with alcohol or other drugs can definitely result in an overdose you may not recover from. Remember, we all respond to drugs differently so what may not be too much for someone else, may be a deadly amount for you. Sadly this happens every day and not just with heroin and other street drugs either. Prescription drug overdose continues to rise and the misuse of painkillers is responsible for thousands and thousands of them.
Narcotic Painkiller Abuse
Prescription painkillers are one of the most commonly abused among people including teens and young adults anymore. Narcotic pain medications are very powerful and addictive and young people are taking huge risks when they try them out of curiosity. It doesn't matter whether a person abuses painkillers alone or if they combine them with alcohol or other prescription drugs, it can lead to a lethal overdose because they're so powerful.
Occasional narcotic drug abuse can lead to addiction. People don't realize misusing prescription drugs is every bit as dangerous and addictive as abusing street drugs. Unfortunately many first time users continue to abuse them because they really liked the way the drugs made them feel. Opiate painkillers like Dilaudid, OxyContin, Vicodin, Darvon and Demerol are very habit forming and with repeated use, a person can easily become addicted.
Even occasional abuse of narcotic pain medications can lead to addiction but most people think drugs have to be abused every day in order for a person to become addicted to them. After a while a person will have to take higher doses to achieve the same effects if they become tolerant of the amount of pain medication they're abusing. Occasional use becomes much more frequent and before you know it, you can't function without them anymore.
Narcotic Drugs Mimic Heroin's Effects
Once a person becomes addicted to narcotic prescription drugs they naturally have to continue abusing them not just because they crave the high, but because their brain and body literally can't function without them anymore. Withdrawal can be agonizing and painful when a person's addicted to painkillers and they will resort to almost anything to get their hands on something that will relieve the unbearable symptoms.
Sadly, this is where heroin can become a narcotic drug user's best friend and unfortunately every day the dangerous illegal street drug makes an enormous amount of 'new friends' all around the world. The effects of heroin are quite similar to narcotic painkillers because they're both opiates. Opiate prescription drug users everywhere are turning to heroin more and more every day because it's cheap and can be obtained in the blink of an eye.
It may have taken a person quite a while to become addicted to painkillers but overnight they can get hooked on heroin. If a person thinks their addiction to drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone or Dilaudid is debilitating, there's no way to describe what it's like to be addicted to heroin.
The heroin that's selling on the streets today is extremely powerful and potent but it's also deadly. People are dying every day from heroin overdose because the dose was was much more potent than they thought, or it was contaminated. A lot of the heroin circulating on the streets is cut with fentanyl or other dangerous substances and within minutes after using, the addict sadly dies.
Unfortunately young people don't realize just how much anyone suffering from drug addiction regrets the day they gave into their curiosity and began experimenting with ways to 'get high'.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention