Healthcare

The dangers of heroin addiction

Heroin is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the world.

It can take many forms – it can be a white or brown powder or a sticky tar-like substance which is melted and injected.

 How and why is heroin used?

Heroin is known for being injected, however you can also smoke and snort it.

Injecting is the most risky way to take it because overdose and needle contamination is a big risk.

Whether you snort or inject heroin, it goes to your brain and enters your system very quickly.

This is why it is so easy to become addicted to heroin. even if you only use it once or twice, you will feel the need to use it again.

What happens when you take heroin?

When you inject or snort heroin you will feel a euphoric rush or feelings which is followed by a slowing down of these emotions.

This can be called a downer, and is the stage when you will walk slowly, feel like you’re in a dream and even experience depressive thoughts.

heroin stops your body from getting messages from the brain and therefore it can slow your heart rate, your breathing, and your reaction time.

Sometimes, this can be so severe that your body will shut down completely , which is why heroin overdose can be fatal.

See overdose death rates. 

What are the effects of heroin

  • Euphoria
  • A dry mouth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • An itchy feeling
  • Heavy limbs
  • Flushed skin

Long term heroin addiction can lead to:

If you are a heroin addict, get urgent help now

Because heroin is so harmful and so addictive, it is crucial that you seek medical rehab treatment. if you don’t then the results can be fatal.

There are many people, services, charities, and rehab clinics out there that can help you recover from your addiction. For more information on the UK’s leading rehabs, click here.