What is Heroin?
Heroin is one of the most serious drugs that can be abused. Heroin, which is usually a drug that is abused after less serious drugs are abused, can be fatal.. According to the Coalition Against Drug Abuse, heroin abuses spend about $150 daily to support their needs. This is because heroin is a chemical dependance. Heroin is derived from morphine, which itself is made from the poppy plant. On average, 13.6% of all people admitted into rehabilitation centers are heroin addicts. 

How do I know if a Friend has started using Heroin?
Heroin abuse tends to start after the use of other drugs. It can be hard to tell if a friend has started using heroin or some other narcotics, but here are the general symptoms that are present after someone begins to abuse heroin.
  • Hyperactivity (Way too wound up) followed by fatigue
  • Constant disorientation
  • Irresponsibility at school, social functions, or work
  • Weight loss
  • Track marks around the upper forearm or elbow, under the eyebrows or in between toes. 
  • Scabs or patches of missing skin from picking and scraping at skin

What does heroin do to my body or my friend's body?
Heroin's effects are immediate, which is one of the reasons the drug is sought out by its users. However, intravenous use delivers the drug right to the bloodstream, where it is able to affect the liver, kidneys, and your immune system. Some of the most common side effects of heroin use are:
                      • Abscesses of the skin
                      • Collapsed
                      • Kidney disease
                      • Renal failure
                      • Dark or discolored urine
                      • Heavy-feeling limbs immediately after drug use
                      • Contraction of HIV form infected needles

What can I do for help? Who can help me help my friend?
  • Hotline to help and find a treatment center near you for heroin: 1-800-943-0566
  • Tell a parent, teacher or guardian. It's important that someone helps them find counseling and resources to break their addiction
  • Be supportive if you have a friend who is already in rehab. They may need your help more than you know. Be a friend and support them. Without a support system, they may not be able to stay drug-free.

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