Heroin doesn't judge a person. It doesn't have an age or gender preference. It doesn't care if you have money or don't. Anyone can be a heroin addict from the mother of three kids down the street, to your friendly mail carrier, to the retired veteran next door. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is plaguing this country, and can be available in even the smallest of towns. If you aren't familiar with heroin or have no knowledge about it, see below for further information, as well as some warning signs to help you spot a problem if someone you love is using this dangerous drug.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine. It can be a white or brown powder, or even a black sticky tar substance. It can be smoked, injected or snorted.
Why Is It So Dangerous?
After even just one use of heroin, you can feel the effects of addiction. Within just a few uses of this drug, you can begin to become tolerant of the drug, and will want more heroin - using the drug either in higher doses or using more often. This over-use can lead to an overdose.
Warning Signs Of Abuse
Like most other types of drug use, you will notice warning signs. See below for some signs to help alert you to a problem with someone you care about or love.
- Physical appearance. The physical appearance of the drug user may change such as track marks on arms, disregard for personal hygiene, acne, dramatic weight loss, or a constant runny nose. The person may also wear long pants or long-sleeved shirts to cover track marks (even on a hot day).
- Behavioral changes. A heroin drug user may begin lying more about where they have been or what plans they have. The user may have a problem looking you in the eye, may become hostile easily, or may have slurred speech.
- Money problems. Due to the heavy use, the user may begin having problems with money. Selling their belongings to be able to afford their habit, borrowing money, stealing money, skipping out on paying bills and for other responsibilities, which can lead to foreclosures or repossessions.
- Change in friends and interests. If you notice a new group of friends, especially if they have the some of the same signs listed above, your loved one may have a drug problem. Also if there is a loss of interest in previously loved activities, including distancing themselves from family, there may be reason to suspect an issue.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug with deadly effects. If you suspect a family member or someone you love is using this drug, try to reach out and get them into heroin addiction treatment.