What Its Like To Love A Heroin Addict
Heroin use nowadays has become very rampant that it is already considered as an epidemic. The rise in the number of users of the said drug has reached an alarming rate. Statistics show a rise in the number of users from non-usual heroin users. This includes females and younger individuals starting from the age of 12. As the rate of heroin addiction has increased, so has the deaths related to heroin.
What is heroin?
Heroin is an opioid drug which is derived from morphine. Medically, it is prescribed as a strong pain killer for acute and chronic pain. It is seldom used as a cough suppressant and an antidiarrheal drug. Heroin is usually in a form of white or brown powder. It can also be in the black tar heroin form. It is illegal to manufacture and sell heroin without a license.
Why is the recreational usage of heroin harmful?
First and foremost, it is illegal to use heroin without prescription. Manufacturing and selling of the said drug without a license is also illegal. Hence, it is against the law to be using or owning heroin illegally. Jail time may range from a year to 30 years maximum depending on the severity of the case.
Secondly, heroin is a highly addictive drug. Heroin addiction and overdose alone can be fatal to its user. It can cause shallow breathing, coma, and possibly death. Unfortunately, most heroin users use several drugs in combination. They consume heroin with other opioids, meth, and alcohol. Such recreational activity can increase chances of overdosing.
Heroin is typically injected into the body but due to its low boiling point, it can also be smoked and inhaled. Heroin users usually share their needles to inject heroin, thus, increasing the chance of sharing and acquiring long-term diseases. These include Hepatitis C and B, HIV, and several bacterial infections to the blood, brain, and other organs of the body.
Who are at risk of developing heroin addiction?
People who are addicted to prescription and non-prescription drugs such as opioids, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol have increased risk of developing heroin addiction. People who are living in a large developed city and are exposed to users whom abuse drugs are also at a high risk of getting addicted. Young males aged 18-25 years old are also prone to experiment with drugs and eventually develop heroin addiction.
How to stop this epidemic?
Ultimately, prevention is always the best cure. Reducing prescription opioid abuse can decrease chances of developing an addiction to heroin. But for those who are already addicted, reversal of heroin overdose is vital to save their lives.
Alike other addictions, the best solution to resolve heroin addiction are the following, therapy and a good support system. There are several programs that the government offers that can help with the reform of users and addicts. Whether it may be a support group or close friends and families, the important part is the individual’s awareness that he is still accepted in the society and he can comeback from his addiction.