Opioids, whether a legal prescription or street heroin are very highly addictive. Heroin an illegal opioid is very becoming The United States most abused opioid. Created from morphine which is found in opium it is a substance which is removed from the seedpod of the poppy.
Heroin is often purchased as a white or brown colored powder. “Black Tar” is also a form of heroin, which is the dirtiest, a sticky black substance. A stronger purity of heroin is quickly becoming more widespread, however, most street heroin is cut with things like starch, quinine, sugar, or powdered milk. Black tar is the most dangerous;s type of heroin, especially when injected.
Strychnine and other poisons have been found to be present in street heroin. Addicts addicted to heroin have no idea of either the heroin’s potency or the real contents of the drug in which they are most times injecting. This puts a higher risk of overdose or death on heroin addicts compared to other opioid addicted addicts. Heroin addicts also are at a higher risk of blood-borne illness or diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B due to injecting and sharing dirty needles.
An Opioid “High”
Compared to other illegal drugs like cocaine or meth, heroin is less recreationally and more often is used to self-medicate a pain and or emotionally related issue. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) extreme daily ache and pains, or a socially and financially deprived background are usually indicators or reasons to become addicted.
Taking heroin on a regular basis can make changes in thought processes, changes in feelings and changes in emotions. Most addicts experience extreme relief from suffering emotional, physical, and psychological issues when taking heroin or opioids. Probably why the terrible possible consequences of heroin and or opioid abuse, are not considered. Euphoria and satisfaction are feelings addicts will receive after taking the drug. This is especially enticing for people who have nervous tendencies or social and other anxiety. Some addicts claim a feeling of warmth and security is provided by heroin or opioid use, the truth is security is never provided to an individual by any drug use. Heroin is very effective in combating physical pain. People with lower pain tolerances or have a chronic illness may have a higher tendency to become addicted.
Withdrawal from opioids
Most anybody who becomes addicted to heroin can expect to experience severe withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t available. Symptoms of opioid withdrawal can increase in severity depending on the amount of use and frequency of use for an individual addict. “Dope Sickness,” or withdrawal symptoms can begin from 6-12 hours from last dose and peak between 1 and 3 days subtly subsiding over the course of the following 5-7 days. Addicts in some cases have experienced opioid withdrawal symptoms for up to weeks or months after use has subsided. Long lasting withdrawal is called “Acute Withdrawl syndrome.”
Heroin doesn’t tend to hang around very long once acquired by an addict. An addict may have already taken enough of the drug to not be dope sick, but will still have cravings leading to more use of the drug.