What is Heroin? Heroin is an opiate drug, synthesized from morphine. It usually appears as a white or brown powder and sometimes as a black or dark brown sticky substance. It is highly addictive and the more a person injects/snorts heroin the more their body becomes dependent on it. After one uses heroin, they experience a feeling of ecstasy. However the ecstasy is short and after it comes painful symptoms. Headaches, stomachaches, and the like.
What does it look like? The above picture shows heroin in a spoon as well as a needle to inject it into someones arm.
What does it look like? Heroin in powder form, white and brown.
Effects of Heroin Injecting/Snorting/SmokingStomach problems, mental malfunctions, miscarriages, and other issues .Addiction, bacterial infections, heart/heart valve infections,collapsed veins, liver/kidney dieses, lung complications and even death.
Short Term EffectsThe image shown does not show any time factors.However the effects will get stronger as one continues with the drug.
Long Term EffectsThe picture shown on this slide shows the nasty effects of sticking with heroin.Something to make a note of is that all of the things labeledcan, and probably will in some cases cause death.
Before and After Pictures These are pictures of young women who got addicted to heroin.
Heroin Percentage of the Drug Report in 2004 Heroin Percentage of Drug Report50 45.240 30.330 26.1 20 24 10 0 Percentage of All Drugs Reported that were Heroin
Reports of Heroin Use in 2004 Heroin Reports 10,000 6,574 1,764 1,935 0 1,486 Heroin Reports
Drug Reports from 2004 7,000 6,574 Percentage of All Drugs 6,000 Reports of Heroin Reported that were Heroin 5,000 45.2 4,0005040 30.3 3,00030 26.1 24 1,764 1,935 1,48620 2,00010 Percentage of 1,000 Reports: 0 All Drugs 2004 0 Reported that were Heroin
Colleen is the mother of aseventeen year-old drug addict At night she sleeps with her few remaining valuables. Her cash, credit card, and car keys. She wears the one bracelet she still owns constantly. Her son has stolen her heirlooms, jewelry, anything of value so he could buy heroin. She does not know what to do about her son. No matter what she does, “ she sees the evidence on his arms and in his eyes.” “ „I wish my son would just die already‟ Colleen said, „so I could get this over with.‟ “
“ ‘I wish my son would just die already’ Colleen said, ‘so I could get this over with.’ “ Her son tasted his first opiate from the medicine cabinet, but he quickly turned to heroin. With Facebook and text messaging he always has a steady supply of drugs. Colleen is ready to give up.Story taken from the Star Ledger, written by Dan Goldberg and James Queally on October 7, 2012
Cures and Solutions One popular cure for heroin addicts is the ‘methadone way’. Methadone is a legal drug that is not intoxicating or sedating. It is used to quench heroin cravings. However while it stops heroin addicts from being addicted to heroin it makes them addicted to methadone.Another curing drug is buprenorphine. It blocks the effects of heroin and morphine. Some other drugs that are ‘curing drugs’ are naloxone and naltrexone, they are used to help
Cures and Solutions Most heroin addicts go to a rehabilitation center or a hospital to be treated by a physician so they can avoid withdrawal symptoms in detoxification treatment. Many last at least three to four months.Some treatments combine methadone or buprenorphine with psychotherapy. Often with behavioral therapists.
Heroin Treatments in New Jersey Ages 18-25 Treatments in New Jersey Suburbs 6,549 6,084 5,772 5,193 4,712 4,4552000 2002 2006 2009 2010 2011
Bibliography Goldberg, Dan, and James Queally. “The Heroin Boom.” The Star Ledger (Newark) 7 Oct. 2012: n. pag. Print. "heroin." Health Reference Center. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 9 Oct. 2012. <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE48&SID=5&i Pin=EDRAB0094&SingleRecord=True>.