There are both short term and long
term heroin effects and heroin effects occur in all
persons that use this drug. Heroin is a highly addictive
drug first produced from the drug morphine in the 1870s.
This drug quickly became known as the most addictive,
most abused and fastest acting opiate available.
While most heavy heroin users inject
the drug intravenously and intramuscularly, heroin can
also be smoked and snorted. Recently more heroin users
have been smoking and sniffing heroin because they fear
the consequences of dirty needles. Heroin effects can
be felt in seconds and can last up to 15 minutes.
The brain's millions of receptors
quickly bind with the morphine as it enters the brain.
Once the drug enters the body heroin effects included
feeling a "high" or a euphoric pleasure, an
increase in warmth of the skin, cottonmouth and a weighed
down feeling in the body. After the immediate heroin
effects which may also include nausea, dizziness and
itching, the heroin user may feel sleepy and will have
a decreased level of functioning both mentally and physically.
Heroin effects also include a decrease in respiratory
and cardiac functions.
Heroin effects in a long-term user
are often characterized by a higher tolerance of the
drug and a mental and physical dependence. A higher
tolerance of heroin means the user must use more of
the drug to experience the same feeling that he/she
used to have on smaller amounts of the drug. The mental
dependence can be defined as the user believing that
he/she cannot function without the drug. The physical
dependence means that the user's body has become so
used to functioning with the specific chemicals contained
in heroin that without the drug it cannot function.
Heroin effects also include an extremely
painful and uncomfortable period of withdrawal, if the
user ever is forced or tries to quit. Symptoms of withdrawal
include vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, hot and cold flashes,
inability to sleep, involuntary bodily movement and
pain. These heroin effects may last from 48 hours up
to a week, sometimes months.
Long-term heroin effects include
disease, usually carried in the blood, such as HIV/AIDS,
and hepatitis. Arthritis, heart and respiratory problems,
clogged blood vessels in the lungs, liver, kidneys and
brain, and side effects from the unknown chemicals,
often poisons mixed in with heroin.
Not all heroin addicts die from heroin
effects. Some people seek treatment and find that they
are able to live a life drug-free that they never before
imagined. Many types of treatment are available to relieve
the negative heroin effects once the user has quit.
Withdrawal symptoms can be lessened with a methadone
detox and a long-term heroin user can be brought back
Heroin addiction is deadly and affects
the lives of the users and their families. There is
another way of life. If you or someone that you care
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