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ELIZA PLAYER writes
I read an article discussing heroin use around the Seattle area. Seattle has much more of a reputation for heroin than many American cities. The grunge scene began here, and the history of heroin use in the city runs deep. The article sites that 40% of the heroin users in the area first became addicted to prescription pills, like Oxycontin. Eventually, these addicts began abusing heroin because it is cheaper and more readily available.
I am willing to bet that the percentage is much higher in many other places. Seattle has a reputation for heroin, with a more checkered past of heroin incidents than many other cities in the United States. I got on methadone for the first time in Savannah, Georgia, and the clinic was the only clinic anywhere in the area. Some people drove almost two hours there and back each day to get their daily methadone dose. The majority of the patients were Oxycontin users, and I was actually a minority as a heroin user.
Unlike so many of the statistics show today, I did not begin my opiate addiction using prescription pills. I began using heroin long before Oxycontin came onto the market. I remember when Oxycontin first came onto the market. As a heroin addict, I loved the heroin-like high. I was amazed that a pill could provide a high so similar to heroin. But, I did not start using Oxycontin. It was much more expensive, and that did not make any sense to me. I used them in a pinch, but I preferred to get more bang for my buck.
I knew what I was getting myself into when I started using heroin. And I knew what I was getting myself into when I began using a needle. But, mine is not the story you so often hear. More often, you hear the story of that the person who began using opiate prescription drugs. Doctors prescribed the opiates for some, and some got them form the streets, but few ever thought they would graduate from their pills to heroin.
The article asserts that heroin does not really fit into a niche, even in a place like Seattle. The rise among young users in the area shows a variety of circumstance. The article mentions a star ball player becoming an addict, or someone from a broken home, and also someone from a good home. Heroin does not discriminate. No substance does. The stigma with prescription pills is nothing like the stigma with heroin. People think that because they are ‘legal’ and prescribed by doctor, so they are not that bad. Many of these people also realize that pills are bought and sold on the street without a doctor and a prescription, but if a doctor can provide them, then they must not be that bad. Right?
In a sense, yes. These prescription pills are always made in the same formula, and the potency does not vary much between batches. The prescription pills do not contain cut, or other extraneous and potentially harmful additives. These prescription pills come in particular quantities, and they are generally the same each time you get them. And today, some of these prescription pills are less tamper resistant. But, the fact of the matter is that many of the opiates on the market produce a high very similar to heroin. And, more importantly, many of these opiates on the market are also highly addictive. Many people fail to realize that some of these prescription pills have many of the same effects/side effects as heroin, and they can be just as dangerous.
Over time, your body begins to depend on these opiates. Opiates naturally occur in your brain and they are the chemicals that make you feel good. When you supply your brain with opiates from other sources, it will not produce as much of its own opiates. It does not need to. Even after using a strong opiate for a couple of weeks, you will feel mild discomfort when you stop taking them. The effects vary among users, but with a short-term continual use, one may experience chills, hot flashes, and irritability. At this point, the symptoms are incredibly mild and one may not even notice them as withdrawal symptoms.
With continual use over a long period of time, your brain quits making its own opiates all together. At this point, the user is providing way more than the natural level of opiates to stay high, or even to stay out of pain. The brain, flooded with the chemical, no longer needs to make it. When the user stops taking the opiates, the brain becomes devoid of all opiates. It takes the brain several days to begin making its natural opiates again, and in that lull the user experiences an extreme withdrawal. Again, the symptoms are varied, but include vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, twitching, and complete insanity. It is the worst physical and mental hell I have ever known. These same withdrawal symptoms occur with may prescription opiates. The withdrawal is no different than heroin.
You do not have to shoot or snort an Oxycontin, Opana, or even a Percocet to become addicted. You do not have to take an excess of the prescription your doctor gave you to become addicted. You become addicted to opiate by taking them continuously over time. The length of time and the strength of the opiate and method of ingestion will determine the severity of the withdrawal. But, the withdrawal will occur with continued use of any opiate.
Heroin is an opioid drug that slows brain and central nervous system functioning. Common slang terms include ‘smack’, ‘horse’ and ‘hammer’. Heroin is highly addictive and its adverse effects include overdose risk. Treatment for addiction includes detoxification, counseling, group therapy and drug programs such as methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone. It is an illegal substance made from the sap of the opium poppy. It is highly addictive and its use can result in dependence and craving. Initial effects include feelings of well-being and relief from physical pain. Adverse effects include the risk of overdose.
Significant health and lifestyle problems may be related to longer term heroin use.
It is most commonly injected intravenously (into a vein).
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How heroin works
Heroin is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down brain function and affects breathing (which can slow down or even stop). Body temperature and blood pressure drop, and the heartbeat can become irregular. A person may lose unconsciousness or lapse into a coma. The effects of heroin depend on the strength of the dose, the size, weight, general health and state of mind of the person taking the drug, and the effects of other drugs that might have been taken at the same time or even in the last two days. If other depressant drugs such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers, methadone or alcohol have been taken, the effects of heroin are increased. This can result in coma or even death.
Some of the immediate effects of taking heroin include:
A rush of pleasurable feelings and relief from physical pain
Feeling sick or vomiting
Shallow breathing, drowsiness and sleepiness
A drop in body temperature
Narrowing of the pupils
Loss of sex drive.
The symptoms of overdose include:
Dangerously low body temperature
Blue lips and fingernails
Cold clammy skin
Convulsions and coma.
What to do if you suspect an overdose
If someone who has taken drugs is not responding when you talk to them, is snoring loudly or making gurgling noises, it may mean that they are in a coma and are having trouble breathing. Do not assume that they are just ‘sleeping off’ the effects. Their airway may be obstructed by the tongue falling back or other blockages. This is a medical emergency. If you can’t wake them, call an ambulance immediately.
Heroin dependence and tolerance
As with a number of other drugs, it is possible to build up a tolerance to heroin. After only a short time, the person using heroin will need to take larger doses to achieve the same effect. Soon their body will come to depend on heroin in order to function ‘normally’. For some people who are dependent on heroin, nothing else in life matters except the drug. Career, relationships and even basic needs like eating can be ignored. Financial, legal and other personal problems may be related to heroin use. The person craves the drug and this psychological dependence makes them panic if access is denied, even temporarily.
Withdrawal symptoms start in a matter of hours without a dose of heroin:
Diarrhea and vomiting
Bone, joint and muscle pain and twitching
Mood swings and crying.
Damage caused by long-term use:
Collapsed veins and skin abscesses
Risk of contracting various blood-borne viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis
Disturbances of the menstrual cycle for women, or impotence in men
Poor nutrition and reduced immunity
Increased risk of contracting pneumonia and other lung problems
Loss of relationships, career and home as the need for the drug becomes all-consuming
Damage caused by dangerous fillers mixed with the heroin
Risk of overdose
Treatment options for heroin addiction include:
Drug programs such as methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone.
Long Term Prognosis