Dangers of Smoking Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug that’s illegal and sold on the black market in the U.S. There has been an increase in the number of people using heroin, as well as associated overdoses and deaths. Heroin is highly powerful and addictive, sometimes after only trying it once. As with other opioids, it affects the brain in a way that triggers addiction and compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. Heroin also causes respiratory depression, leading to overdoses and death.
The death rates because of heroin have been surging in the past decade throughout the U.S. The heroin epidemic is linked to the use of prescription drugs as well. Prescription painkillers are also opioids and can open the door for substance misuse, addiction, and dependence. There has been a national effort in the U.S. to educate people about the risks of heroin and all opioids. Along with this has been a push to help people currently addicted to opioids find the treatment and resources they need for recovery.
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