The number of American’s with an addiction to heroin nearly doubled from 2007 to 2011, making the impact of heroin use something that has been undoubtedly felt across the United States. Over a quarter of a million drug-related emergency room visits are related to heroin, with overdose rates steadily increasing. Despite its longtime deserved negative reputation it continues to be one of the most commonly abused and deadly drugs in the United States.

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How We Can Help

  • Develop the skills needed to stop or reduce substance use.
  • Help to build a strong social support system.
  • Set reachable goals.
  • Coping with or avoiding triggers that might cause relapse.
  • Resources to assist with housing, employment, and skill building.
Signs & Symptoms
  • Slurred speech, sleepy eyes, flushed skin and unnatural cheerfulness
  • Constricted pupils
  • “Nodding”; unconsciously falling forward or falling asleep
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unnecessarily hiding parts of the body which are usually exposed
  • Syringes, spoons with burnt edges,
Dangers of Abuse and Dependence
  • Skin problems like abscesses and infections
  • Heart problems
  • Disease in organs including the liver and kidney
  • Collapsed veins from repeated injection
  • Increased risk of infectious diseases
  • Reproductive issues
  • Damage to the septum and nose tissues from snorting

As a result of the variability in purity of the substance as well as the lack of information regarding what may have been mixed in with the drug, many times individuals don’t know what they are consuming leading to increased risk.

 

Effects of Overdose Include:

  • Dangerously slowed breathing rate
  • Depressed heart rate
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Coma
  • Death

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