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What You Don’t Know About Heroin Could Kill You

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

An estimated 9.2 million people are addicted to heroin worldwide. And anywhere from 153,000 to 900,000 of those heroin addicts are living in the United States. Why are so many people flocking towards a drug that killed over 16,000 people last year? The answer is simple – they do not know the facts.

The Bayer pharmaceutical company first created heroin in 1898. Heroin’s original uses were to handle tuberculosis and morphine addiction, however, people soon became addicted to the heroin instead. Since 1898 heroin has affected millions of families and it is no wonder why. In 1898 the vast majority of the public was unaware of heroin’s lethal and addictive traits and shockingly most people even today are unaware of just how deadly this drug really is.

Heroin comes from the poppy plant. After the drug is extracted from the plant it goes through a chemical process and is shipped overseas – usually from Afghanistan – and into the hands of drug dealers. These drug dealers then “cut” the heroin. Cutting a drug, means adding some sort of substance or substances to increase the amount of weight. For instance on gram of pure heroin can be turned into two or three grams of heroin when dealers add things like; strychnine, fentanyl, Tylenol PM’s, rat poisoning, dry wall or various other powder like substances. Unbeknownst to addicts, the amount and type of cut they ingest may lead to organ failure, brain damage or overdose deaths.

Despite the popular belief that a person has to ingest heroin three days in a row in order to become addicted, most addicts will admit to being hooked after just the first use. It is not hard to tell if someone has a heroin addiction. After just a few uses, their entire demeanor changes. A person under the influence of heroin will usually have a blank expression, waxy complexion, dark circles under their eyes, sunken cheeks, severe weight loss and poor hygiene.

One of the biggest reasons why heroin addiction is so lethal is because it is so hard for addicts to break away from the drug. Often times they continue abusing heroin because they are scared of the painful withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms that include; insomnia, hot and cold sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, severe cravings, chills, body aches and muscle cramps.

The fear of experiencing these withdrawal symptoms propels young heroin addicts int a lifetime of abuse. If you or anyone you know is in need of help for a heroin abuse problem please contact a drug rehab immediately. Do not let this epidemic destroy your loved one.

The information in this article was provided by www.drugfreeworld.org.