5 Reasons to Stop Using Heroin

5 Reasons to Stop Using Heroin

Heroin Addiction and Abuse

In its commercial form, opium is a chestnut-colored globular mass, sticky and rather soft, but hardening from within as it ages. It is processed into the alkaloid morphine which has long served as the chief painkiller in medical practice, although synthetic substitutes such as meperidine (trade name Demerol) are now available. Heroin, a derivative of morphine, is about three times more potent. Codeine is another important opium alkaloid.

With the invention of the hypodermic syringe during the American Civil War, the injection of morphine became indispensable in treating patients who had to undergo some of the newly developed surgical operations. Physicians of that time hoped that injecting morphine directly into the blood stream would avoid the addictive effects of smoking or eating opium, but instead it proved more addictive. With the discovery of heroin in 1898 came a similar hope, but this more potent drug created a much stronger dependency than opium or morphine. Today heroin is sold on the street as a powder or dark brown solid and is smoked, eaten, or injected.

Just 5 Reasons to Stop Using Heroin

I feel for the heroin addict, results from the Heroin abuse extend to the family, loved ones, children, and friends. From time to time, I hear addicts say, “I’m not hurting anyone, I’m just hurting myself”.

  1. Heroin addiction is escalating; It has been reported that the use of opiates in the United States has increased approximately 20%. Approximately 1 in 3 heroin addicts will experience overdose, and approximately 1% of those heroin overdoses will lead to death.
  2. Disease is on the increase; Approximately a third of intravenous addicts will contract HIV, Hepatitis B or C, due to risk factors such as sharing needles, and unsafe sex practice among users.
  3. Pregnant female opiate addicts; The use of opiates during pregnancy has also increased the chance of premature delivery, and the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
  4. Prison Incarceration rate is increasing; It has been reported that approximately 70% of prison inmates across the U.S. are in prison for drug or drug related charges. It has also been estimated that approximately 80% of prison inmates in the U.S. have had a history of substance abuse in the past.
  5. Prison recidivism rate among drug users; It has been reported that approximately 40% will return back to prison due to drug or drug related violations.

That concludes our 5 Reasons to Stop Using Heroin. Heroin addicts in the U.S. number close to half a million people. Although the synthetic narcotic methadone has been used to offer addicts some relief from opiates, it is itself addictive. Complete recovery from opiate addiction requires months of biophysical and social, psychological rehabilitation.

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