Learn Before You Try

by baladmin | August 21, 2013

Has the high of heroin appealed to you? Are you curious to find out for yourself just how amazing the high from heroin can be? What’s the appeal of a drug that seems to ruin people’s lives?

Before you experiment with any drug, you should have some knowledge of the potential consequences. What can you expect, what will be happening to your body and brain, and how likely are you to want to do that drug again and again?

Heroin is a powerful drug. While the substance itself is not the most dangerous of all the available “street drugs”, the lifestyle associated with it and the behavioral choices that often accompany the drug’s use make the choice to use heroin one worth thinking through.

The High

Opiates, like heroin, kill pain. The class of drugs was initially used to help people who were suffering from acute pain after an accident or injury, and for treatment of chronic pain, which now often applies to cancer patients.

The euphoria that users describe is always the best the first time using heroin. After that, using is always a failed attempt at recapturing that first time’s feeling. Chasing the dragon is one term used to describe that process. The dragon can never be caught.

The Danger

Heroin side effects are enough to stop someone from even trying the drug, but young people rarely know the true risk. In an effort to get high or escape from a painful reality, instead of learning the potential heroin side effects, the drug is used, and a desire for more begins.

Heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected. In any route of administration, the possible side effects of short-term use are:

    • Impaired mental functioning

    • Slowed respiration/shallow breathing

  • Uncontrollable feelings of an itching sensation, often leading the user to scratch and pick at their own skin to the point of bleeding

When the drug is used more, to the point of physical dependence, abuse, or addiction, the heroin side effects list expands to include:

    • Seizures

    • Collapsed veins

    • Heart problems, including infection of heart lining and valves

    • Tissue death

    • Infectious diseases spread by shared needles, mainly HIV and Hepatitis B or C

    • Chronic pneumonia or other pulmonary diseases

    • Blood clots

    • Bacterial infections

    • Liver disease

    • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems

  • Seizures

Understanding the risk you take by even trying heroin may save you from a life of drug abuse and addiction.

photo credit: SB!