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  • Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Use: Identifying a Heroin User

    Drug abuse has negatively impacted the lives of millions of people all around the world. Every year governments design policies to keep drug use in check but each year the number of users rises and all the previous progress proves to be done for nothing.

    Signs of Heroin Use

    There are many substances which affect people mildly when considered in terms of abuse potential, for instance, nicotine abuse doesn’t destroy a person’s health right away and doesn’t leave them mentally challenged. 

    Whereas some substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol, LSD, etc. have such disastrous impacts on a person that they become a useless lump of meat after the drugs are done with them.

    The impacts and physical signs of heroin use start appearing very quickly but can last a lifetime.

    What is Heroin?

    Heroin is the most refined form of opium derived from the poppy plant is heroin; it is a substance which is known for its pleasure causing effects. It is a rapidly acting opiate which enters brain so fast that it’s effect has been nicknamed as “surge”. This effect is particularly significant in identifying the abuser. Heroin is easily the most abused drug in developed countries, it is sold under many names, such as Negra, Smack, Big H, etc., it is a white or brown powder which is manufactured with either other drugs mixed in it or purely alone.

    Because of its immediate but short-term effects, a user takes it frequently and become physically and psychologically dependent upon it. It is an illegal drug, yet that doesn’t affect its distribution in the least. It has the highest addiction potential which can be seen by the increasing number of victims of heroin abuse.It induces a sudden feeling of pleasure and a heightened sense of well-being. To feel such surge again, a person goes back to it again and again.

    How hard is it to tell if someone is a heroin addict?

    It is not hard to spot heroin addict if you are aware of the signs of a heroin addiction. If you discover that your loved ones are addicted to heroin, provide moral support to help them get over their problem.

    Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Use

    Thanks to the easily readable signs of heroin use (such as heroin track marks), it is usually not difficult to spot addicts especially for medical personnel, but when it comes to a loved one we often remain in denial until it’s too late. But the best way to deal with this situation is to address the issue as soon as possible. Start by looking for objects in the area where they spend more time. Different forms of heroin are used differently, they can be smoked, snorted and injected.

    What are the physical signs of heroin abuse?

    The physical signs of heroin abuse include:

    • Slurred speech, sleepy eyes, flushed skin, and unnatural cheerfulness
    • Photophobia and constricted pupils
    • Falling asleep anywhere
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Loss of appetite

    When you suspect that anyone in your circle is involved in drug use, look for the following signs in the person to check whether they are using heroin or not.

    Change in Social Behavior

    When a person gets addicted to drugs, they become a whole new person and there are several evident changes in their social behavior. Here are some of them:

    • When you feel that the individual is trying unnecessarily to hide parts of the body which are usually exposed such as arms, they start wearing long-sleeved clothes and start locking their rooms or lockers with more care.
    • When you feel that the person doesn’t bathe, comb or brush their teeth regularly, they don’t take care of hygiene and wear dirty clothes without noticing.
    • When you notice that their company has changed. All their old friends have been replaced by newer ones who are very different from normal people. Friends are usually the first people who notice things about each other. Ask their old friends about drug use as well.
    • When you start noticing missing money or catch them lying about their activities, do not let this pass. Without being aggressive, ask them politely when you think they are under the influence. Their conflicting, disoriented answers will be a clue.
    • Lack of interest in work, studies or any other activity

    Physical Signs

    Heroin Track Marks

    Heroin Track Marks

    • The addicts have slurred speech at times, sleepy eyes, flushed skin as if they have been doing a lot of physical activity, they are unnaturally cheerful.
    • They have tiny pupil as heroin constricts pupil, they also complain of photophobia a bit.
    • The drug users have a tendency to fall asleep anywhere at anytime.
    • They complain of nausea, and you catch them vomiting a lot, yet they don’t seem to mind it. That’s a sign that they know exactly what they’ve signed up for.
    • The most obvious symptom is the fact that they refuse to eat anything. When forced, they will engulf without chewing or swallowing, and vomit the content out a bit later.

    Supplies/Drug kits

    When you find signs and symptoms then look for paraphernalia of heroin use which includes:

    • Syringes
    • Rubber tubes
    • Spoons with burnt edges
    • Residues of whitish or brownish powder or sticky substance on furniture
    • Tiny bags or glass tubes
    • Brown papers which have a unique smell

    So Why is Heroin Bad?

    All the above signs show that an addict becomes oblivious to their environment as they start living in their little world. Addiction destroys people as it makes them its slave. Initially using heroin is just a once or twice a year activity, but when a person goes through a stressful period, they start thinking about going to the happy place heroin provides. When the temptation becomes too hard to resist they fall into this bad habit and when the addiction and the dependence take hold of them, they spend their hard earned money, life savings and much more to acquire some heroin. This is when the downfall starts. They neglect their families, people around them and forget about their responsibilities. The negative impact that this dangerous substance has on their health is another thing that they fail to understand. Thus after a while heroin becomes the only thing that matters to them and in this way their destruction begins.

    Final Words

    So, spotting an addict is not that difficult, we just need to keep our eyes open and have an awareness of the surroundings. What matters the most after finding out about a close friend or family member who is suffering from addiction is the moral support that we can give them in order to help them get over this problem. Your little help can save not only a person’s life but also the lives of people related to them.

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