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Heroin Use in 2012

April 9, 2012 by  
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Heroin use in 2012 suggests a rise in heroin use, a decrease in the age of first time users and a new cheaper version of heroin called “black tar” originating in Mexico. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2010, there were 140,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used heroin for the first time within the past 12 months. This estimate was similar to the estimate in 2009 (180,000) and to estimates during 2002 to 2008 (ranging from 91,000 to 118,000 per year). The average age at first use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 21.3 years, has increased since the 2009 estimate (25.5 years). Heroin is even making it’s way from back alleys to Suburban neighborhoods.

There is good reason to believe Heroin use in 2012 will be higher than it’s ever been before. More people are finding themselves addicted to heroin and coming into drug treatment programs due to heroin use. Heroin use may only decline because of the amount of pain pills that are prescribed each year, which can be used as a substitute for the illegal street drug.

Heroin falls into the opiate category of controlled substances although heroin itself is an illegal street drug. An opiate is more widely known as a painkiller. Heroin is an opiate, as it is a derivative of the better-known medication morphine. The mass production of Heroin reigned King in Afghanistan over the past ten years, but now Black Tar heroin from Mexico is on the rise.

Heroin is highly addictive as are all opiates. The reason for this is because of the way heroin and other opiates attach themselves to the receptors in the brain.  An opiod dependent person is defined as someone who can’t stop using opiates. Having a heroin dependence can be very scary and often when mentioned portrays vividly dark images in our minds which is rightly so.

Heroin can be used multiple ways either through injection, snorting or smoking. The effects can last from 30 minutes up to 8 hours. Heroin tolerance builds rapidly causing the user to have to shoot up, ingest, or inhale more to get the same desired effect. As with most substances this is one of the first signs of addiction.

Heroin use is deadly as it lowers heart rate, intensifies pleasure and euphoria and causes drowsiness (known as “the nods” or entering a dreamlike state). When heroin is injected it gives the feeling of a “rush” similar to an orgasm, which some users will chase, rather than the high itself, which can cause users to have a lack in perspective when it comes to the amount they use. If a heroin user decides to stop using after they’ve been abusing the drug for a long period of time, they will start to experience heroin withdrawals. Heroin withdrawals can be incredibly painful, uncomfortable and frightening. The intensity of heroin withdrawal symptoms drive most heroin addicts to get high again rather than deal with the symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms formed are usually the main reason someone with an opiate addiction continues to use.


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