What do you know about heroin? Do you know enough to get at least 5 out of 10 in a trivia game? Better yet, can you help a friend who is an addict by giving them the right information or even understand your own addiction to this illegal substance?
Here are some facts you should know about heroin.
What is it?
It is a highly, physically addictive drug
Its made from morphine
Morphine comes from opium’s seedpod – the poppy plant originally from Asia
It acts as a depressant
It inhibits your Central Nervous System
It has other names such as Ska, Junk, H, Horse, Mud, Skag, Smack, Big H, Dope, Brown Sugar, Blacktar, Poppy, Hell dust.
Other street names also include China White, Thunder, Chiva, Train, and Dead on arrival, among others.
How it looks
The purest form is a white powder, but less pure types can be off-white, brown or even black hence, the nickname ‘Blacktar.’
How heroin is abused
Injecting, smoking or snorting
Effects of use
Gives one a euphoric feeling or a ‘rush’
Rubbery and heavy legs
Dulled emotions and reduced mental capacity
The effects last 3-4 hours after administration of a dose
The Health Risk
Pulmonary complications such as pneumonia
Valve and heart lining infection
Fatal overdose is highly likely
Risk of contracting other infections such as HIV/AIDS
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Muscle jerks, especially in the legs
Bone and muscle pain
After the last dose these symptoms will peak from 48 to 72 hours
The withdrawal symptoms will usually abate after several days
For very heavy users who are dependent on heroin and have poor health, sudden withdrawal may be fatal
Tolerance develops as one uses it regularly – which means that with time, more heroin is needed to get the same ‘rush’
If heroin is used by pregnant women the consequences include reduced birth weight
If the drug is not pure then other additives may lead to ones blood vessels clogging – the result is infected or dead cell patches in ones vital organs such as the brain, kidneys, lungs or liver
The heroin can be mixed with starch, sugar or quinine, and can also be mixed with strychnine – a poison/pesticide used to kill rodents and birds
In overdoses, shallow breathing, coma, convulsions or death
Heroin Addiction Treatment
It can include behavioral therapy and medication
Some of the medications include methadone, naloxone/naltrexone and buprenorphine
If you have a problem with addiction, seek help today by calling 844-299-0618 and get healthy.