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Suspect Heroin Use?
What to Watch For
Most people understand that heroin is a very addictive substance that is currently making a comeback. The comeback is not because it is new and exciting but because many people who struggle with prescription opioid dependence need a new narcotic to help them foster their addiction. Especially when prescription medication becomes too expensive to abuse every day, more and more individuals are making the switch to heroin; a drug that is far more readily available and much more affordable. Despite the fact that we hear many horror stories about this drug, how dangerous it is; how addictive it is and the portrayal that we see in popular movies and television shows; few people would know how to identify someone struggling with a heroin addiction. By providing a clear overview of what to look for, it may make it easier in the future to identify those users and get them the help they need to get better.
Isolation is Often an Important Indicator
The first thing to remember is that while we will discuss some of the physical effects that this substance produces as well, most users will isolate themselves or surround themselves with people who also use. The reason behind this is simple they want to avoid people knowing that they have a problem.
Another Reason the Use is Dangerous
Dealers often interlace the drug with other substances. This makes it difficult to determine the purity level of the product that the user bought. Because of the variations in strength and eventual impurities, it often increases the chances of an overdose. That is one of the most dangerous aspects of heroin abuse. Despite the fact that someone uses the same amount for years, it may still lead to an (accidental) overdose.
The Immediate Physical Signs
These immediate physical signs may be hard to identify unless the person is using near you and you catch them during their high. Because the drug works as a depressant, it slows down the messages from the brain and our central nervous system. It works on an emotional, mental and physical level.
The immediate effects may also vary, depending on how much that person took or how pure the dosage was. The user experiences an immediate feeling of wellbeing and intense pleasure. Their extremities become heavy, their mouth becomes dry and the skin will feel as though it is warming up. These sensations may make way for extreme itching, vomiting and nausea. Because it suppresses so much of our body, it may even decrease the blood pressure, pulse, and lead to shallow breathing.
Some of the other effects include:
Definitive Warning Signs of Heroin Abuse
The aforementioned physical signs are indicators that something is wrong, but not unique to heroin abuse.
These are examples of paraphernalia that users may utilize in order to prepare, inject or ingest this narcotic:
Behavioral Signs of Heroin Abuse and Addiction
There are not just physical signs. If you have known someone a long time, chances are that you might notice definite changes in that persons behavior.
Some of the most common signs include:
Eventually the user is going to show physical indicators as well. This is attributable to a built-up tolerance for the drug, which leads to increases in the quantity and frequency of heroin use.
Aside from the developing tolerance, other physical symptoms include:
Because of the constant danger of a possible overdose, it is important to find help for someone struggling with heroin dependence as quickly as possible. Even if there have been no real dangers up until now, the truth is that a single fatal overdose might mean it is too late to enter into drug rehabilitation.