Heroin addiction is a person’s inability to stop heroin use, even though it’s resulting in bad consequences. A person may be unable to work, lose relationships, get in legal trouble, or worse, but still not be able to break the bonds of addiction. It’s especially distressing to see the rise in heroin use among young people. Heroin is the most addictive substance in the world. Many people start taking painkillers for pain, become addicted, and switch over to heroin. The makers of Oxycontin have begun using an abuse-deterrent formula, which has caused many users to change to heroin. This has resulted in a tripling of heroin deaths in the U.S.
Heroin is processed from morphine, which comes from poppy plant seeds. It can come in a white or brown powder or a blackish tar. Pure heroin is a white powder that is prevalent on the East Coast, and can be injected, snorted, or smoked. The blackish tar is more common in the western states, and can be injected or smoked.
Heroin is a central nervous system depressant that binds to cells in the brain that perceive pain. It produces a feeling of happiness and relaxation. Unfortunately, the body gets used to this feeling, and addicts feel very miserable without the drug.