Heroin is a powerfully addictive depressant, causing an intense, rapid high in its users, but also exacting a terrible toll on their physical and mental well-being. Despite it being one of the deadliest drugs available, and despite the wealth of information provided by health care and law enforcement professionals, it still remains a tragically common and popular drug. Understanding how heroin works and identifying its patterns may save the life of someone who has fallen prey to it.
Like with any drug, there are a number of signs that suggest a person is using heroin. These could include changes in their mood and behavior or physical evidence that they are taking heroin. Recognizing signs of heroin abuse could help you know when to help that person seek treatment.
Other heroin paraphernalia can include glass pipes, aluminum foil, pieces of paper rolled into tubes (for snorting), and small plastic bags that can be used to store heroin.
Heroin is a powerful, deadly drug, accounting for a number of deaths from conditions related to overdosing. In 2010, over 4,200 people died from using heroin, with over 80 percent of those fatalities coming from direct heroin use, or in combination with other drugs, like alcohol. The Wall Street Journal cites studies done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in quoting figures of the existence of over 669,000 heroin users in the United States.
Despite its potency and addictiveness, heroin addiction treatment can help users overcome their physical and mental need for the drug and start new healthy lives. Please call us to get more information on recognizing the signs of heroin abuse and to learn how to get treatment started.