Smack, horse, dope, skunk, H. You can smoke it, snort it, or even inject it. It’s one of the most addictive drugs out there, and in recent years, the number of people ages 12-17 in America who have started using it has increased by 300%.
Heroin is produced from morphine, a naturally occurring substance that comes from the seedpod of poppy plants. It can look like a white powder, a darker brown powder, or a tar-like substance. Approximately 1/4 people who try it end of becoming addicted and physically dependent on it.
Some of the short-term effects are:
- warm flushing of the skin
- dry mouth
- heavy extremities
- alternately wakeful then drowsy state
- mental functioning becomes clouded due to the depression of the central nervous system
- slurred speech
- slow movement
- constricted pupils
- droopy eyelids
- impaired night vision
Some of the long-term effects are:
- collapsed veins
- infection of the heart lining and valves
- liver disease
- pulmonary complications
- suppresses breathing
- clogging blood vessels that lead to lungs, liver, kidneys, and brain
- infection or death of cells in vital organs
Basically, heroin destroys your body.
People become addicted to heroin so easily because it moves to the brain so quickly. Users become tolerant of it, so they need to use more and more to reach the same high they want. They can also experience withdrawals within just a few hours after they last time they used. So of course, they use multiple times a day so they don’t have to deal with those withdrawals. Heroin withdrawals include: drug craving, restlessness, muscle/bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes.
Sounds like a pretty miserable way to live, right?
Heroin addiction is treatable, but some people become so addicted that recovery can take several years, even decades.
So really, is it worth it? I think the answer to that is obvious. Heroin ruins people’s bodies and their lives… don’t even go there.