Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected. Mexican black tar heroin is usually injected (once dissolved) or smoked because of its consistency.
“I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralizing pain. It transforms a tight, white fist into a gentle, brown wave. From my first inhalation fifteen years ago it fumigated my private hell and lay me down in it’s hazy pastures and a bathroom floor in Hackney embraced me like a womb.” Russell Brand
Like other opiates, heroin is a sedative drug that slows body functioning. People who use it describe a feeling of warmth, relaxation and detachment, with a lessening sense of anxiety. Due to its analgesic qualities, physical and emotional aches and pains are diminished. These effects appear quickly and can last for several hours, depending on the amount of heroin taken and the route of administration. Initial use can result in nausea and vomiting, but these reactions fade with regular use.
Signs of Heroin Overdose
Symptoms of a heroin overdose include slow and shallow breathing, convulsions, coma and possibly death.
Injection poses the greatest risk of lethal overdose by enabling large amounts of heroin (and anything it is cut with) into the bloodstream all at once. Smoking and snorting heroin can also result in overdose, especially if a non-tolerant user ingests a large amount of potent heroin and/or combines it with other depressant drugs, such as alcohol.
New York Leading the War on Heroin & Opioid Addiction
The New York State Senate has passed 23 bills to-date, that address the serious issues
surrounding Heroin and Opioid abuse. The bills also take into consideration how addiction effects crime in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.
The 23 bills include measures for public awareness, prevention, education and treatment. One of the prevention bills includes promoting pharmaceutical take-back events (S6691, Boyle): Which requires OASAS to post guidelines and requirements for conducting a pharmaceutical collection event on its website. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 70 percent of those who first abuse prescription drugs get the pills from a friend or relative. Facilitating proper and timely disposal of unused narcotics helps to reduce the danger of diversion. This and 22 other bills bring a heightened awareness to the severity of heroin and opiate addiction in the United States today.
Senator Carlucci said, “By passing these critical pieces of legislation we made sure to address the fact that there exists a frightening heroin epidemic that is plaguing our communities and putting our children at risk. This multipronged approach will save lives by focusing on recovery and prevention while closing a loophole in our currentsystem that lets victims fall through the cracks.”
Getting Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Admission into a residential inpatient treatment program is the best way to combat Heroin addiction. Ideally the patient should stay in treatment for a minimum of 90 days, with up to 6 months of aftercare to follow. Long term heroin addiction treatment has been shown to provide a greater propensity for long term sobriety.