Another phrase you may hear regarding the opioid epidemic is heroin kit. A heroin kit is something that includes everything to get high. For example, since heroin is most often injected for a more intense high, people need a few things. They need a needle or syringe to inject the drug, but first, they have to liquify it. Liquefying heroin may be done in a spoon. To make veins more visible people will tie-off the extremity where they’re going to inject it, so they will need something like a shoestring. A heroin kit may also include cotton balls, which are used after liquefying heroin as a way to purify it further.
These items are only in a heroin kit if a person injects the drug. Paraphernalia may be different if someone smokes or snorts the drug. For smoking the drug as an example, a heroin kit might include a glass pipe of some type.
The drug itself is sold as a crumbly powder, and it may be off-white or dark brown. There’s also something called black tar heroin, which looks much like the name indicates. It’s sticky and dark brown or black. Other elements of a heroin kit may include rubber tubing or belts, both of which are used to tie-off and make veins larger, or lighters.
If you have a child or a loved one that you believe is using the drug or you find a heroin kit, it’s important to understand that there are ways you can help them. People struggling with an addicted to heroin don’t even necessarily have to voluntarily go into treatment for it to be effective. Keeping an eye out for signs of active heroin use is important if you have any suspicions at all.
Along with the items in a heroin kit, there are other signs of drug use as well. When someone uses heroin, they’ll first feel euphoric, and they may appear to be energetic or to have a falsely inflated sense of well-being. Then after a few minutes, they’ll start to appear drowsy. They may nod off, have coordination problems or seem slow and heavy. Longer-term signs of heroin use can include track marks if they inject the drug, and strange sleeping and eating patterns. Heroin users may become secretive and withdraw from family, friends, and responsibilities.
If you believe someone in your life could be struggling with heroin abuse, you aren’t alone. There are resources available to you, including the comprehensive treatment options available nationwide through The Recovery Village. Whether you have questions about addiction itself, or things like using insurance to pay for rehab, our professionals can give you the answers you’re searching for.