Intro to Heroin
Heroin is a devastating street drug that been at the forefront of recent news reports. Opioid overdoses numbers are climbing as the National Institute on Health Care Management attributed “4.6 deaths per hour” to opioid related overdose deaths.
Heroin is an extremely addictive drug with heightened risk factors thanks to its low cost and high accessibility. People using heroin are at dramatic risk of addiction, long-term health afflictions related to both the consumption of the drug and sharing needles, as well as a heroin overdose.
Heroin is a white or brownish powder that is typically mixed with water and then injected directly into the user’s veins providing an instant high described as warm euphoria, followed by a slowing down of the body’s natural processes.
The heroin crisis is right in front of us, and the best way to help counter this epidemic is through widespread access to both information and treatment programs. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to heroin abuse and treatment can be found below.