Why is it important to be able to spot the symptoms of heroin use? Because, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), heroin is the most addictive drug in the world. If you or someone you love tries heroin, they have almost a 1 in 4 chance of becoming addicted. That’s higher than cocaine, alcohol, marijuana—or any other drug.
Heroin works this way not only because of how readily it attaches to our pleasure receptors and because it has powerful and painful withdrawal symptoms; it’s also due to the fact that the drug causes us to build up an immediate tolerance. Even after just the first time you do heroin, you’re going to need more the next time in order to experience the same kind of high; and the more you use, the more your body becomes dependent on the drug.
And heroin addiction is incredibly serious. You’ll experience different effects depending on whether you are a short- term or long-term user, but heroin symptoms are never anything minor.
Just a few of the effects you can expect are:
- Sub-par brain function
- Dermatological infections
- Kidney disease
- Infections in the vascular and soft tissue of the heart
- Lung complications
- Liver disease (as a result of hepatitis B and C contracted by sharing needles)
Being Aware of Heroin Symptoms can Help Prevent Overdose
Another incredibly important reason to pay attention to heroin symptoms is the fact that there is a higher chance of overdose compared to other drugs. This is because heroin works so much faster than other drugs because of high fat solubility that allows heroin to get to your brain faster than other illegal substances. (The Fix)
This incredible speed makes it hard for your body to handle, and it means that an overdose can happen at any time—from the first time you shoot up to the hundredth time. If you notice heroin addiction symptoms in someone you love and decide to ignore them until they become a “real” problem, you may not have another chance to help.
If you really want to help someone who is using heroin, it’s important that you tell them you are aware of their use at the earliest opportunity. They are likely to resist your plea to help, so do as much of the work for them as possible. Research what the drug does and different kinds of treatments available, then find a place with a well-respected program and have the information with you when you talk to the person. The sooner you can get them into treatment, the more likely they are to kick the drug.
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