Many users of prescription pain medications that can no longer fill prescriptions through a physician or steal them from friends will find their addiction source elsewhere. Heroin produces the same numbing effects as other opiates, but is easier to get than prescription drugs, because it’s readily available in various forms that give people the same chemically boosted feelings of euphoria as many prescription drugs.
What happens to people when they take heroin?
The most common way heroin is used through injections. It’s injected right into your veins, so it’s fast acting and gets right through the blood stream and up to the brain in no time. There are special receptors which are like tiny sockets all over the brain and body. When these painkilling heroin molecules hit them and plug in, pleasurable effects cascade all over, slowing everything that could cause disruption and pain to move through the body. The brain slows everything down, including your breathing, your heart rate, your ability to process information, and your functional movement. The duration of the actual high is short, but heroin use can damage the body for years to come.
Signs of Heroin use:
- Needle marks (typically on the arms)
- Rapid weight loss and muscle reduction
- Nose bleeds or chronic nasal irritation
- Mood swings from energized to fatigued
- Cold sweats or chills
- Intestinal or digestion problems
- No appetite
- Memory issues
- Heart pain