Heroin is an illicit drug that is derived from morphine. Morphine is a type of alkaloid that is found inside of the opium. Heroin is a highly-addictive drug. It affects the activity in the central nervous system and helps a person experience a euphoric feeling.
Heroin has a Schedule I drug classification. This means that it does not have any acceptable medical use in America. In its pure form, Heroin is a white powder. Heroin that is cut with other drugs or substances may be brownish in color.
Heroin is one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs. In fact, it is estimated that 18 percent of people admitted into a drug treatment center have a problem with heroin.
In most cases, heroin is injected. However, some people choose to snort or smoke it. People who smoke or snort heroin will not get the rush as quickly as someone who injects it into their veins.
The effects of heroin are noticed very quickly. After taking heroin, one will experience a feeling of euphoria. Once the euphoric feeling fades, a person will experience dry mouth, heavy extremities or warm flushing of the skin. Because this drug affects the central nervous system, a person’s mental functioning may become crowded. This drug is very potent, and people can very easily get addicted to it after just one use.
Long-term effects of heroin may include things such as nausea, constricted pupils and respiratory depression. A heroin overdose may cause muscle convulsions, muscle spasms, shallow breathing, and death. Keep in mind that it is very easy to overdose on heroin. In most cases, users do not realize how strong the drug is, and they do not know its contents.
Furthermore, if needles are shared, then one is an increased risk for developing an infectious illness. HIV/AIDs and hepatitis are examples of some of the infections that can be spread via contaminated needles.
Fortunately, a heroin intervention in Pennsylvania can help. Intervention is an intense, two or three day process that will empower and educate the family members of a person who has a heroin addiction. Some of today’s interventionists use the smart model. Smart stands for systemic, modular, approach, recovery treatment. The end goal of intervention is to help a person decide that he or she wants to go to treatment.