“I sold my car, lost my job, was kicked out of my mother’s house, was $25,000 in credit card debt, and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. I lied, I stole, I cheated. Heroin By Ty Newport and Hailee Heiselbetz Period One
Table of Contents Page 1: Title Page 2: Table of Contents Page 3: Type Page 4: Category Page 5: Pictures Page 6: Common Nicknames Page 7: Taken Page 8: Short-term effects Page 9: Long-term effects Page 10: DangersPage 11: Statistics Page 12: Interesting Facts Page 13: Resources
Type • It is an opoid drug. This mean that it is a pain reliever. It relieves pain by reducing the pain cells from reaching the brain. “From the day I started using, I never stopped. Within one week I had gone from snorting heroin to shooting it. Within one month I was addicted and going through all my money. I sold everything of value that I owned and eventually everything that my mother owned. Within one year, I had lost everything.
Category • This is an illegal drug. Even though it is illegal addicts will do anything to get there hands on it. I never want to touch you ever again, you've ruined my life, made me steal from my family, on probation 'cause of you, why I choose you I don't know? -Hanna
Pictures • Warning these images may be disturbing.
Nicknames • There are many nick names for this drug including Smack, Tar, Chiba or Chiva, Jun Brown Sugar, Junk, Skag, Mud, Dragon, Dope.
How the drug can be taken • It can be smoked in a pipe or ciggarete, injected, snorted, inhaled by a straw which is called chasing the dragon.
Short-term effects: Soon after a single dose, Heroin abuse appears and then disappears a few hours after. After an injection of heroin, the user feels a surge of “rush”, accompanied by warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth, and heavy extremities. After the “rush” the user goes into a wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes difficult due to the depression of the central nervous system. Other effects include slowed and slurred speech, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, vomiting, and constipation.
Long-term effects: After repeated use of Heroin for a long period of time, the effects appear. Users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, and liver disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health condition of the abuser. Street heroin may have additives that do not really dissolve and result in clogging the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. This can cause infection or even death of small patches of cells in vital organs. The body has adapted and depended on the drug and withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is reduced or stopped. Drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps are withdrawal effects. People may even get Hiv’s from sharing the syringes.
Dangers • People may get addicted. This can lead to overdosing which may cause death. People may even get Hiv’s from sharing the syringes
Statistics • The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 153,000 current heroin users in the US in 2007. Other estimates give figures as high as 900,000 • Opiates, mainly heroin, account for 18% of the admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the US.
Interesting facts • Heroin was first manufactured in 1898 by the Bayer pharmaceutical company of Germany and marketed as a treatment for tuberculosis as well as a remedy for morphine addiction. • Heroin craving can persist years after drug use stops, and can be triggered by exposure to stress or people, places, and things associated with drug use.
Work cited page http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/heroin.html http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/heroin http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/heroin/international-statistics.html http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-heroin http://www.healthyplace.com/insight/quotes/quotes-on-addiction-addiction-recovery/