First Drug Addiction takes your Money, then it takes your Mind, Family, and then sadly enough, it can take your Life.
Heroin, hasn’t this drug been talked about enough? Hasn’t everything been said that can or needs to be said about this drug?
Well….., try asking that to a mother, father, child, sibling, grandparent, relative, a loved one, a spouse, neighbor, colleague or friend (Forgive me if I have left anyone out), that has lost a loved one due to this addiction and see what they have to say after they have choked back tears or let their anger subside.
So many have lost loved ones and friends to this ‘Monster’ called Heroin. You don’t just lose a loved one or friend due to death. When addiction is present, it’s like a death not only for the abuser but, to family, loved one’s and friends. I can’t even begin to imagine what a person goes through on either end of this highly addictive drug.
There are numerous articles, statistics, and information out there about this drug. Hopefully, it never stops. We need to be informed and stay informed. But…the full impact of just how severe and dangerous heroin is just tears at your heart when you turn on the news, read the paper, browse the web, or talk to someone that uses or abuses, lives with an abuser of heroin, or worse yet, has lost someone dear to them because of this horrible addiction.
Sadly enough, I didn’t have to search far for this article to find stories and information regarding loss due to heroin. A mother in Windsor sits by her son’s picture; she lost her son due to heroin. Many young people experiment with prescription opiates and then turn to heroin because of the intense ‘high’ and it’s cheaper.
In Rockford, a 44 year old man is pronounced dead in the emergency room and the cause of death was “adverse effects of heroin.” Seven days later, the body of a 24 year old woman was found. She also died trying to catch a ‘heroin high’.
In Chicago, an article on My Fox Chicago.com says that just four months into 2009 there were already more than 100 people in the Chicago area that have died of heroin related overdoses. They went on to say that this drug is more potent than ever, more addictive than ever, and users are younger than ever.
John Bellushi a comedian died of a speedball injection (mix of heroin and cocaine), Kurt Cobain due to heroin addiction influenced his suicide, River Phoenix died from a speed ball, and Jim Morrison died of heart failure due to a heroin overdose, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols died of a heroin overdose, Janis Joplin died of heroin overdose, Brad Renfro died of a heroin overdose and Lane Staley - Alice in chains lost his life to heroin.
An article I read said that “about 80 percent of daytime burglaries in Waterloo Township are driven by heroin”. This came from the police chief. The Judge estimated that between 15 percent and 20 percent of his cases are heroin related.
The complications of a Heroin overdose may be:
- Respiratory arrest
The medical examiner reported that heroin is one of the top 2 drugs in drug related deaths. The stories and headlines just go on and on. It’s not only sad, but scary. If you or anyone you know needs help or information about heroin addiction I urge you to call 1-800-559-9503, this is a free call and there is a trained professional counselor ready to help in whatever way they can.
Warning Signs of Heroin Abuse may possibly include:
- Drug paraphernalia lying around
- Sharp attitude or hostile
- Motivation levels change and they become unmotivated
- Slurring of speech, sometimes hard to understand
- Needle marks on their body such as arms and legs
- A runny nose
- Nasal aggravation and sniffing
- Stop caring about appearance and tend to let themselves go
- Changes in friends, distant with family
- Grades and attendance in school may falter
- Missing work more than usual and work performance drops
Long Term Effects start to show after a user has been abusing heroin for a while.
Habitual users may show the following symptoms:
- Infection in the valves and heart lining
- Liver disease
- Respiration problems and congested lungs
- Physical dependence
- Psychological dependence
- Bowel trouble
- Skin abscess
Possible Signs of Overdose may include:
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing problems shallow and slowed
- Pupils are tiny-pinpoint
- Bluish skin tone
- Bluish fingernails
- Weak pulse
- Blood Pressure is reduced or low
- Skin is cold to touch
- Skin is moist and clammy
A Few Facts
Heroin is an extremely addictive drug that enters the brain very fast and actually slows down the brain and all of your functions. Reaction time is affected so driving under the influence of heroin can be deadly. The drug affects your ability to make decisions also.
HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other diseases are at risk for those that inject this drug especially if sharing needles.
This drug quite often is smoked using tin foil heated up underneath resulting in the heroin turning to a liquid form and the user inhales the fumes. This is called tooting or chasing the dragon. Heroin is injected most of the time though.
Common Street Names
- White girl
- Black tar
- Brown sugar
- Harry Morphine
- White stuff
Again, I can’t stress to you enough if there is someone in your life that is abusing this drug, they need help. There is Intervention, Treatment Facilities, Rehabilitation Centers and qualified Professional Therapists and Counselors available to help you, a loved one or a friend through this horrible addiction. Call 1-800-559-9503 and talk with a Professional Counselor today.
Web sites used in this article
Alcohol and Drug Information
Heroin Network http://www.heroinnews.com/news/13061
Wisconsin State Journal http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/health_med_fit/article_8cf2a8f8-53a5-11df-9718-001cc4c002e0.html
Fox Chicago News http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/heroin_addiction_suburban_teens_may09