Common Street Drugs Part 2: Meth, Weed, Heroin

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Common Street Drugs Part 2: Meth, Weed, Heroin This part 2 follow up discusses 3 more dangerous street drugs that are commonly being used in the U.S. today. Although awareness about the dangers of drug abuse has grown considerably over the last few decades, the problem of addiction continues to exist and, in some cases, is on the increase. Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana are spoken about in the news often. With prescription painkiller addictions turning into street heroin addictions on the rise throughout the entire...

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What Exactly is Heroin?

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What Exactly is Heroin? Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed-pod of poppy plants that predominantly grow in South America and, to a lesser extent, from Southeast Asia. In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder. It most often sold as a white, pink, or brownish powder that has been “cut.” “Cut” means something was used to dilute the heroin, namely sugar, powdered milk, quinine caffeine or other substances. Street...

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Today’s Heroin

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Today’s Heroin The face of today’s heroin users may not be what many of us think of. Most of us are likely to think of heroin addicts or users and criminals or someone who lurks in back alleys. Today’s heroin users, however, are our friends and neighbors, our co-workers and church congregation members. Sadly, drug use became more prevalent among children in the last few decades. Some children smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol when still very young. Today children are exposed to and participating in these...

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Short and Long-Term Effects of Heroin

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Short and Long-Term Effects of Heroin The heroin epidemic raging across the United States is wrecking lives and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Although heroin effects are known to be frightening, many do not realize the direct effects of heroin. There are several short-term effects as well as long-term effects that users experience. Immediately, however, heroin users will most often experience a rush -which is often accompanied by a warm feeling of the skin and a dry mouth. Sometimes, but not often,...

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International Stats on Heroin

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International Stats on Heroin Many of us think that the heroin epidemic is limited to the United States. However, some recent data shows that it is truly a worldwide problem many are fighting to overcome. Heroin is not the only drug being battled internationally, however, in fact, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime reported recently that “drug use prevalence continues to be stable around the world, according to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is...

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Those Most at Risk for Heroin Addiction

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Those Most at Risk for Heroin Addiction With the recent spike in opioid addictions and the epidemic that seems to be sweeping across the United States, it is noteworthy to point out some traits that occur in individuals that are most likely to become addicted to heroin. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put together a list of characteristics which most exemplify those at risk: People who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers People who are addicted to cocaine People without insurance or enrolled in...

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