Heroin a highly addictive drug

In recent years, heroin use has increased in our community. It is important to know the facts, and the truth about heroin. Heroin affects your brain, it slows down the way you think, slows down reaction time, and slows down memory. Heroin affects your body. It poses special problems for those who inject it because of the risks of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles.

Heroin can kill you; it is one of the top two frequently reported drugs by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths. Overdoses are contributed to unfamiliar places when shooting the drug and/or the strength, amount, or cutting agent in the heroin. Furthermore, when heroin is combined with other substances such as Xanax or Cocaine, the consequences can be lethal.

According to drugabuse.gov, “In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.” Know the law – heroin is an illegal, Schedule I drug, meaning that it is in the group of the most highly addictive drugs.

Ashton Biehl

Marietta

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ashton Biehl is a Prevention Specialist with EVE Incorporated.