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Drug abuse is the chemical abuse which is a disorder since, the pattern to use the drug is not adequate. The mental distress usually leads to the usage of inadequate drugs. Drug abuse is the outcome of the drug addiction in which an individual becomes addicted to the certain drug and cannot balance himself without the drug. Consequently, the individual requires the drug by all means which leads him to crimes and also endangers his life.
People get addicted to various drugs which have the strength to make the people addicted. One such drug is the heroin. Heroin is the opioid drug and is very addictive. The repercussions are generated through the use of heroin. The heroin addiction causes many diseases to attack the user since, the immune system of the individual gets weak. Moreover, the used injections are injected in the body which causes the transfer of the communicable diseases from one user to another (Specter, 1994). The individuals who were indulged in the drug abuse of heroin were not in many numbers until the year of 2007.
Since 2007, it is observed that the heroin addiction has risen to the people. The reason for this elevation can be the intention of the people to use heroin in order to reduce the pain. The heroin as the pain relieving drug is cheap. Therefore, it is used. Moreover, the people carry the misconception that the heroin in the pure form is safe as compared to the form with less purity. Hence, the heroin is taken in the purest form, and the individual gets addicted to it (Montanna News, 2014).
Heroin is the derivative of the morphine drug and morphine is extracted from a plant which is termed as poppy. Heroin usage results in severe consequences because it is one of the street drugs, and street drugs can contain anything with it. The users who become addicted to heroin are familiar with the effect of the heroin, therefore; they want the sensation repeatedly and use more and more of it. The sensation which is generated by the use of heroin is relaxing and euphoria state of the individual. Hence, the individual enjoys the state of euphoria which induces the pleasure feeling in the mind. Consequently, the individual feels better and out of the world. The pleasure in the mind is also the result of the reduction in pain because the pain receptors in the brain are blocked by the use of the heroin (Kosten, 2002).
The individual who is heroin addicted can be recognized by the abnormal behavior since, the individual becomes less concerned about hygiene, appearance, deceptive attitudes, hostility, criminal activities, etc. the physical symptoms of the heroin addicted individual includes; dry mouth, lack of sufficient breath, disorientation, hyper-alertness, and pupils gets constricted. Soon, an individual is observed for these symptoms; the treatment help should be provided in order to eliminate the addiction. Ultimately, the individual can be recovered from the addiction unless it becomes incurable.
Heroin, likewise to the chronic diseases is curable through the medication. These medications cause the alleviation in the stimulation for the drug addiction. Thus, the cravings for the drug are relieved through the medicine taken. Medication is devised by keeping the medical condition of the addicted individual into consideration. Therefore, besides reducing the desire for the drug, the medicines bring back the health of the person towards normal. On the other hand, it is necessary to acquire the behavioral therapy along with the medicines. The behavioral therapy can grant the hope, significance, and meaning to the life of the addicted individual. If the heroin is injected in the large quantities, it can cause the heart rate to decrease correspondingly.
Moreover, breath becomes shortened, and the person suffers from the unconsciousness. In addition to this, the large dosage of the heroin can lead to the death of the individual if the person is not quickly subjected to the treatment. The price of the 0.1 gram of heroin has risen in 2012 which is $995. This figure shows that the heroin is more expensive in the recent years as compared to the past years. Moreover, the statistics revealed that in the year of 2012, the individuals who were involved in the heroin usage and died were 3,635 numbers of people in the US. The youth and the teenagers who are indulged in the heroin addiction have not declined since, 2011. Conversely, the number of the youth incorporating heroin drug were reduced in the year of the 2010 (Anonymous, 2015). Approximately, in total, 5million people have been reported to use heroin. The addition of the heroin is so strong that if the addict does not get the drug when required, the person will suffer form nausea, restlessness, insomnia, aches in muscles and body, etc. subsequently, it is not easy to withdraw this drug once the individual gets habitual to the drug and become addicted (Fareed et al., 2011).
In conclusion, the heroin abuse is the serious problem which is rising day by day. If this problem is not nipped in the bud, many individuals will lose their lives. Therefore, the individual who is observed taking heroine should be forced to refrain from the drug and should be given the medical assistance.
Anonymus (2015). The Effects of Heroin Use. Drug Abuse.com. Retrieved from http://drugabuse.com/library/the-effects-of-heroin-use/ on 21st April 2015.
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Kosten, T. R., & George, T. P. (2002). NThe Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications for Treatment. Science & Practice Perspectives. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851054/on 21st April 2015.
Montanna News (2014). The number of people seeking treatment for heroin up sharply in Montana. The Associate Press. Retrieved from http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/number-of-people-seeking-treatment-for-heroin-up-sharply-in/article_6038fdbb-0a85-5a3e-987a-ef283822fdfc.html on 21st April 2015.
Specter, S. (1994). Drugs of abuse and infectious diseases. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association, 81(7), 485-487. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7964576 on 21st April 2015.