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  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very ...

    ... how soon it can reach the brain. Consider the speeds of the following routes according to the Center for ... your health and wellbeing. How Do You Get Addicted to Heroin? The path to addiction is different for each ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... as the user continually seeks to repeat the behavior - in this case, heroin use - that lead to them in the ... times. Following the detoxification process, the recovering heroin addict can be referred to a number of treatment ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... 10 : Find out how to help a heroin addict Does your loved one take heroin in larger amounts or for longer than intended? ... you how to identify and correct unhealthy behaviors and destructive thinking patterns. In treatment ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... a perceived physiologic need for more heroin, drug-seeking behavior and compulsive drug use often begin. ... Death. What Does It Mean to be Addicted to Heroin? Addiction to heroin can be an all-consuming condition that wreaks ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... to as “nodding off.” Anti-Social Behavior When desperate for a fix, heroin users often resort to illegal activities ... themselves or seek out the company of other addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or ...

    ... or someone you care about is suffering from being addicted to heroin. To connect more people with the help they ... substance use disorders, as well as suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Boys Town ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... rewarding behaviors, and maintaining body functions like blood pressure and breathing. Abuse of heroin can ... Addicted? If you're worried about your use of heroin, you likely have a problem. However, you can use our heroin ... continue reading
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  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... will become addicted, making heroin one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Signs of Heroin Withdrawal When ... withdrawal period. In theory, this method may speed up the withdrawal process, though recent research has ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... their daily routines while receiving treatment. Residential treatment is when the heroin addict lives full time at a treatment center. This allows the addict to focus exclusively on recovery. If you're looking for ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... changing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people addicted to heroin doubled from 2002 to 2013 . Most notably, use has increased significantly throughout many demographics ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... . They don't know what they are getting. Suddenly, the whole game changes.” So, why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... for opiate painkillers written by doctors since the 1990s. Individuals who become addicted to prescription opiates often switch to heroin because it is less expensive than many illicit pharmaceutical narcotics. This ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while ... to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... information by reading the published research paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a healthy plan of attack to prevent future relapses. Get Therapy Thinking and behavior patterns are intricately woven into heroin addiction. Destructive patterns are what lead to relapse. Underlying issues often drive ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the window ... there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... to prescription painkillers are 40x more likely to be addicted to heroin and that 45% of people addicted to heroin are also addicted to painkillers 10 . When pills are no longer available through friends or family ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... to recovery. Why Do People Relapse on Heroin? Substance abuse expert Terence Gorski believes that relapse is a progressive issue resulting from a compounding series of behaviors, thoughts, and problems. In other words ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found that approximately 79,000 ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... main victims of the rise of gray death are those addicted to opioids . These people may intend to purchase heroin but unintentionally consume gray death. 6 Heroin use has gotten increasingly dangerous in the last decade ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... . At the same time, more people are abusing prescription painkillers, getting addicted and switching to heroin (both drugs are opiates). Heroin Comes to Small Town America The mitigating factors are contributing to a ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. Affluent areas of the north Bronx and eastern Queens ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately ... 11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s ... unintended and devastating consequences. As addicted Americans continued in desperation to ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... . Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use ... continue reading
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    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

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    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

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    ... the brain can help shed some light on this mystifying behavior. Rather than “frying” all of the brain's circuits ... taking drugs is no longer truly a choice. The addicted person will be driven to continue their habit as if ... continue reading
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    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

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  • Famous Drug Abusers

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  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

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  • Drugs A-Z

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  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • List of Street Names for Drugs

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  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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  • Meth Abuse

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    ... Institute on Drug Abuse also reports that methamphetamine may speed up the progression of HIV/AIDS and worsen symptoms ... Effects of Crystal Meth Use How to Help a Crystal Meth Addict Methamphetamine History and Statistics continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

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  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

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  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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  • Detox FAQs

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  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

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  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

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  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

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  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

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  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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  • The Effects of PCP Use

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  • Adderall Withdrawal

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  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

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  • The Myth of the High-Functioning Addict

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    ... An enabler will: Absorb the consequences that the addict would experience. Make excuses and lie to cover up the addict's behavior. Accept blame for the addict's actions. Experience emotional distress and frustration as a ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding

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  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

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  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

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  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

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  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... to heart failure. Arrhythmia: Your heart relies on an internal pacemaker to keep it pumping at the right speed. Alcohol interferes with this pacemaker, causing the heart to beat too quickly or irregularly. This is called ... continue reading
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