Why Injecting Heroin Is So Dangerous

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Why Injecting Heroin Is So Dangerous? Heroin is considered by far one of the hardest drugs to quit. It's an opiate drug that comes from the opium poppy which includes morphine and codeine. Its powerful sedative effects and euphoria make the rough drug popular amongst the most hardcore drug users. The powerful effects of the drug come on almost immediately, regardless of method of ingestion but also last only a short period. The drug is one of the most addictive substances, many claiming that they became addicted after just one use of the substance.

Heroin can be smoked and snorted, but most popularly the substance is injected. This is because injecting the drug allows for it to be absorbed into the blood stream the fastest and also provides the most powerful high possible. While using heroin comes with serious dangers in general, injecting it can be a hundred times more dangerous. The first and most obvious danger involved with injecting heroin is the blood exposure caused by inserting a needle under the skin, into a muscle or into a vein or artery. Many heroin addicts unfortunately share a needle, regardless of the risk for contracting blood diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. While most know of this danger, it goes by ignored and many people spread these deadly diseases to others.

The next reason why injecting heroin is so much more dangerous than other methods is the way it enters the body. Batches of drugs are often uncontrolled and unmeasured. The level of potency and chemical makeup can change from bag to bag and it is impossible for users to measure what kind of dosage they get, regardless of whether or not they use the same amount at the same speed. Injecting heroin allows it to directly enter the blood stream. It reaches the brain and other organs in a matter of seconds, and because the entire needle is often dispatched at once, there is no slow onset to gauge when to stop. This is the primary reason for heroin overdoses. Aside from this, injection of heroin can cause collapsed veins. Some people prefer to inject heroin just under the skin instead of into a vein, this is called skin popping. Skin popping, as well as other injection sites can cause abscesses, gangrene, heart disease and lung disorders. All of these things can be deadly without medical attention, and many times remain deadly even with medical assistance.

Injecting heroin, as mentioned before, creates an immediate powerful high. Most users enjoy the high, but fail to realize what the drug does to their body. Immediately, heroin slows down blood circulation and heart rate. It depresses bowel activity which can cause constipation, first time users often vomit after using heroin. Heroin also slows down breathing which often causes hyperventilation, but can also cause respiratory failure and death. At higher doses, heroin can suppress the nervous system which will make users drowsy. In serious cases this drowsiness can lapse into a coma, in which many die.

Where the brain is concerned, the effects of heroin reach a whole new level of destruction. In the brain, heroin causes a chemical reaction in which extremely high levels of endorphins are released. Once an individual is addicted, the brain slowly stops producing endorphins on its own which causes the individual to become dependent on heroin. Without it, the individual will feel pain even when no physical trauma is present, and they can even die from shock at the sudden loss of the drug.

All of these factors are intensified when heroin is injected. Every reaction and repercussion is intensified and brought on nearly immediately upon injection. Breaking an addiction to heroin is considered one of the most difficult things to achieve and can also be life threatening for an individual who attempts to stop using it without medical attention.

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