Heroin's Dangerous Effects


Heroin's Dangerous Effects

An opiate that's gaining popularity among many narcotic drug users may be an alternative choice they'll soon regret. Heroin is already the most abused opiate and the number of users will continue to grow because it's cheap and one of the easiest illegal street drugs to get anymore. Even though opiate painkillers are extremely addictive when they're abused, users have no clue what they're getting themselves into when they switch over to heroin, which so many are doing right now.


Heroin is extremely addictive and no matter how a person chooses to abuse the drug, the rush or surge of euphoria they experience often keeps them coming back for more. How quickly a person begins to feel the effects of heroin depends on how they abuse the drug, this also determines just how intense the rush may be.

Heroin Initial Effects

Commonly heroin is smoked, snorted or injected and all 3 ways of administration can lead to addiction and cause extremely serious health problems to develop due to use.

Smoking or Snorting Heroin

When a heroin user chooses to smoke or snort the drug the rush isn't as strong and it takes longer for them to begin feeling the euphoric effects. The peak effects of heroin when smoked or snorted are typically felt within 10 to 15 minutes.

Injecting Heroin Intravenously

When heroin is injected intravenously users begin to experience euphoria very fast. This route of administration also produces the highest intensity level of euphoria. Euphoria only takes around 7 to 8 seconds to begin when heroin is injected intravenously.

Many heroin users prefer injecting the drug intravenously because the rush is quick and intense and may even inject themselves up to 4 times a day.

Intramuscular Injections of Heroin

When heroin is administered by intramuscular injection it takes longer for the user to start feeling the effects of euphoria. Intramuscular injections of heroin can take anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes for euphoria to start being experienced.

Heroin Addiction

Heroin is an extremely powerful and addictive drug and with continued use, a user can develop an intense addiction to the illegal opiate and their lives continue to go downhill from there. Heroin addiction is characterized as a relapsing brain disease because the abuse of any drug causes changes in the structure of the brain and how it functions.

Addiction causes a person to compulsively crave and seek more of the drug when they're addicted to heroin, and no matter how horrible their health and life has become from using, they're unable to control their behavior.

Heroin Abuse and Addiction Withdrawal

If people only realized just how powerful and dangerous street heroin is today, they wouldn't substitute it for Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol or other painkillers when they weren't able to get them. Not only are the withdrawal symptoms miserable if a person becomes addicted to heroin (which happens easier than a person realizes), a lot of the heroin on the street today is contaminated, laced with other drugs and is potentially deadly.

Heroin may make a person feel good when they first start abusing the drug but it doesn't last long and once addiction sets in, the withdrawal symptoms are horrible and they can start as early as 6 hours after the last dose. Don't think for a minute that you would never let yourself become addicted to heroin either because it's more powerful than you are and, drug dealers are purposely selling highly potent heroin to get you hooked fast.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Intense cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot and cold flashes (chills)
  • Overall weakness
  • Severe backaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Twitching
  • Kicking movements due to spasms in the legs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problems with sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nasal drainage
  • Sneezing

The symptoms above may not seem that bad to someone that's never gone through heroin withdrawal but any heroin addict will tell you, the symptoms are so miserable and uncomfortable they have to compulsively seek out more of the drug in order to avoid them.

So, if you've never tried heroin yet, do yourself a favor and stay as far away from it as you can. If you or someone you know has already developed an addiction to heroin, you don't have to use anymore just to avoid the miserable symptoms of withdrawal. There is excellent treatment available today for heroin addiction and many recovery programs provide medication assisted addiction treatment to help reduce, ease and manage the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. You don't have to let heroin control your entire life anymore. You can start calling the shots by dialing 1-800-559-9503 to receive the individual help and support you need to be back in control of your life.

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