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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Addictions defined: The American Psychological Association defines addiction as, “…a condition in which the body must have a drug to avoid physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Addiction’s first stage is dependence, during which the search for a drug dominates an individual’s life. An addict eventually develops tolerance, which forces the person to consume larger and larger doses of the drug to get the same effect.” (Apa.org) However, addictions—long thought to be solely drug related (an...

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What is Heroin? Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. It is a “downer” or a depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain.  Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or a tar-like substance. Street names for heroin include “Big H”, “Black tar”, “Brown sugar”, “Dope”, “Horse”, “Junk”, “Muc”, “Skag”,...

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Heroin Abuse: What to Watch For

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A 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3.7 million people in the U.S. had used heroin, and 119,000 of those surveyed had used heroin within one month of the survey.  It’s important to be able to spot the signs of heroin abuse, and encourage the person using heroin to immediately seek rehab treatment. Signs of Heroin Abuse There are many indicators of heroin abuse that can include performance issues (at school and work), withdrawal from family and friends, and even a disregard for personal...

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Drug Addiction Trends in Utah County

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Utah County has some of the lowest rates of substance abuse in the state of Utah and nationally, however, there is still a significant problem.  Methamphetamine addiction is still the most reported primary drug of abuse at admissions and most are for women.  Within the past 5 years, there has been a rise, DOUBLE, for heroin addiction admissions.  Marijuana addiction is still the largest reason for treatment admissions for Utah County youth. Source:  Utah County Health...

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