Opioid known as Heroin is a synthesized version of morphine. Extracted from the pod of the opium poppy plant it is a natural substance. After processing, the form of this opioid becomes a white powder known as “china white” or a dark gummy substance called “black tar”.
In some countries, heroin is used as a legal painkiller administered by IV (intravenous), IM (intramuscular) or injected directly into the spinal cord for the severe and unmanageable pain that cannot be handled by morphine. It is only used in other countries for severe trauma/injury and end-stage cancer pain. The Netherlands and United Kingdom use heroin as a substitute for morphine because the drug is more fat soluble and can reach the affected area(s) faster than morphine. The Opioid is stronger than Morphine, as well, in lower doses.
Physical effects of heroin use:
-Euphoric feeling lasting 4-5 hours
-Feeling alert then sleepy “nodding off”
-Irritability when drug wears off
-Severe painful flu-like symptoms during withdrawal
-“Pinned” (Unusually small) pupils
-Cravings for sweets or chocolate
-Weight loss or weight gain
This Opioid first appeared in the US in the 1800’s and was outlawed in the early 1900’s. When it became illegal, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that over 200,000 people were already addicted to the drug. Currently, opiate drugs are gaining popularity in the US. Many of those addicted to heroin start off with a strong prescription for a pain-killer like Oxycontin or Percocet when the prescription runs out they are already addicted to the Opiate and often attempt to buy heroin because it is cheaper and available on the street. Lately very cheap and pure heroin is available, can be snorted, and is running rampant in US cities causing the recent Opioid Epidemic that many consider a National Emergency.
Most people addicted to this Opioid try to avoid going into treatment at all costs. One of the main reasons is the anxiety and pain they encounter when experiencing severe withdrawal from the drug. Withdrawing from heroin is very painful, and most addicts experience the uncomfortable feelings often when they run out of the drug and it wears off, or they struggle to find the money to purchase the drug. People addicted to heroin often refer to using as “getting well,” because the drug causes painful flu-like symptoms during withdrawal, it is a common feeling among users, and they will do anything to replenish their supply. They also tend to feel sorry for others who are addicted and help them to “get well.” Heroin users report waking up and looking for their next “fix, ” and it becomes the focus of everyday life.
For those addicted to this opioid, or seeking to help a loved one suffering from Opiate use, Call Holly Conklin & Angel Intervention Services an Ohio based drug intervention service at 1-800-430-2995. For more information on heroin addiction, heroin rehab, heroin detox or advice on how to get a loved one into the right rehabilitation program please contact Holly Conklin, a certified intervention professional