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This may seem strange, but unlike many other illegal substances, heroin is a relatively cheap call. The fact is that it is cheaper than many other prescription medications, and this is seen as one reason that many turn to it when chasing much sought-after high’s.
Cheap often means cut often = Danger:
It is common knowledge that heroin is more often than not diluted with other substances or “cut” before being offered on the streets.
A whole variety of agents are used. These include starch, sugar and powdered milk. More worryingly, prescription painkillers are also used. One that is extremely dangerous is fentanyl.
The reason? Fentanyl’s strength put’s morphine in the shade; it is 50 times stronger!
You simply do not know:
Those who buy heroin do not know what they are buying and what their ‘score’ contains. There are no tests that will be carried out and the purchase is made on the word of the dealer.
Obviously, the dealer needs repeat customers, so the heroin will generally do what is expected, but that does not mean a user is not opening themselves up to initial short-term harm with long-term problems guaranteed if heroin use becomes regular.
Achieving the highest “high”:
Another commonly known fact is that to achieve the quickest, most effective buzz a user should inject heroin directly into their veins.
It is acknowledged that this method of use gives almost instantaneous highs, it is also fraught with danger. That danger is the spread of disease. Sharing a needle, or using a dirty needle greatly increases the chances of a user contracting a variety of diseases that include hepatitis and the HIV virus.
No matter how it is used, one thing is a given:
Heroin can be used in a variety of different ways. Apart from injection it can be smoked, snorted or swallowed. Some even deign to use it in the form of an anal suppository, but there is one thing that must be clearly understood:
No matter how the drug is used it is addictive.
Withdrawal can be excruciating:
Once a person is into the regular swing of heroin use they may not realise how difficult it is to stop use, until they try!
Here are 10 of the symptoms that can be expected when heroin use is suddenly ceased:
A wrong response to these unwanted feelings:
The easy way to stop such feelings is to recommence use. It is true that this will alleviate the immediate, uncomfortable feelings, but it is also true that this route is further deepening heroin addiction.
Those who are ready to quit heroin should not listen to the street-talk and experiences of other addicts relating to the horrendous withdrawal symptoms that must be suffered.
There is no doubting that withdrawal will be a testing time in a person’s life, but if carried out through medically monitored detoxification it is a far more satisfactory route than simply going cold turkey.