Heroin Addiction

SIGNS, SYMPTOMS & TREATMENTS

THE (DRUG) FACTS

Heroin is a drug made from raw opium, a substance retrieved from the poppy plant. When used, Heroin produces a powerful “rush” and facilitates distinct feelings of euphoria. Heroin addicts come to rely upon these artificial euphoric feelings rather than develop healthy coping skills, creating strong psychological and emotional attachments to the drug. Heroin may be consumed in powder or in liquid form, and can be snorted, smoked or injected. Most heroin is combined (or “cut”) with powders similar to it in color and consistency (like starch, sugar or powdered milk), but it can also be combined with potent chemicals or even poisons, making it extremely dangerous.

HEROIN ADDICTION IN THE U.S.

Abuse Increase

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Since 2014

Hospitalizations

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2009-2011

Overdoses

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Since 2000

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Chronic heroin abuse produces physical problems, causing addicts’ health to deteriorate rapidly. It also precipitates significant distress in people’s home, work and family lives. Addicts appear to be “in a nod”, sleeping or “dozing” at inappropriate times, which is often frustrating for the people around them. Heroin addiction is extremely difficult to break, and withdrawal symptoms cause addicts to be very – even violently – ill.

Heroin abuse depresses breathing, causes vomiting, produces itching, makes extremities feel heavy and clouds mental and cognitive functions. Heroin withdrawal may begin as early as a few hours - generally 24-48 hours - after an addict’s last use. Symptoms and their severity are based on frequency, duration and quantity of use.

THE BODY

PHYSICAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

  • Clouded mental functioning
  • Bone & muscle pain
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Depressed breathing
  • Difficulty sleeping

THE MIND

PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Racing thoughts

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