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Heroin Addiction Kills Thousands of Americans Every Year
Heroin is a powerful opiate medication that alters users’ brain chemistry within the first several uses, prompting rapid addiction through changes in the brain’s reward system. Over time, users begin to rely heavily on heroin in order to feel “normal” or “happy,” to the point that their sense of wellness relies entirely on continued use of the drug.
Drug users who repeatedly inhale, sniff, or inject heroin typically begin to experience the following symptoms of addiction:
- Failed attempts to halt or reduce heroin use
- New financial problems due to repeated, costly drug-related purchases
- Long periods of time spent behind closed doors or outside the house without explanation
- Emotional changes, such as increased apathy, general drowsiness, etc.
- Continual cravings for heroin
- Need to use more of the drug to achieve a similar high
- Feeling sick after coming down from a heroin-induced high
- “Track” marks from repeated needle injections
While the initial effects of heroin may be pleasant for users, continued use increases the likelihood of the following:
- Respiratory distress and suffocation
- Contraction of HIV, hepatitis, and other deadly viruses
- Collapsed veins
- Major depression
- Dramatic weight loss
- Destruction of internal organs
- Permanent changes in brain chemistry, personality, etc.