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Identifying a Heroin Addict

Heroin addiction is extremely deceptive and doesnt really show signs until it has progressed. If you fear that a loved one has been consuming this illegal drug then there are some signs that you can keep an eye out for.

  • Dry mouth
  • Narrowed pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Shortness of breath.

These indicators however are not enough to decide whether or not an individual is subject to Heroin addiction. This is why there is a need to look for other associated signs. These include:

  • Syringes or needles in their home
  • Foil or aluminum with burn marks
  • Burnt silver spoons
  • Small plastic bags

Still in the Testing Stage

The study that was initially carried out on rats found that after provided with unlimited heroin, rats became addicted to the drug. Once addicted, they were made to go through a four week detoxification. Some were exposed to the heroin vaccine while others were put through conventional methods of recovery.

Upon re-exposing them to the heroin, it was found that the rats that werent given the heroin vaccine immediately went into relapse while the others stopped taking it.

The heroin vaccine creates a wall between the bloodstream and the brain which does not allow from the drug to enter. As the addict will no longer feel the high associated with heroin, they will lose incentive for its use.

The next stage for the development of the heroin vaccine before it is commercially available will be human testing. Financial barriers however have delayed such a step.

Consequences of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction has many short and long term affects. It causes breathing complexities, dry mouth, dilated pupils, slurred speech, vomiting and constipation within few hours of first taking the drug. One implication of injecting the drug through using a syringe is that it increases risk of HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis.

Over a long term after using a drug for a prolonged time period it may cause infection of valves, abscesses, cellulites and liver diseases. Street heroin may cause blood clotting of vessels as it contains additives that do not dissolve. Regular use increases the tolerance level, which means the dose to achieve the same euphoric state increases.

The Harmful Effects of Meth

Users and creators of meth alike are exposed to immense harm due to coming in direct contact with the drug.

Meth consumption directly damages the brain cells and can pose great harm to the body, as it erases the need for food and sleep and gains control over the brain.

Due to this, meth addicts report a decrease in appetite and sleeping issues, among others. Meth can cause:

  • hyperactivity
  • nausea
  • irritation
  • memory loss
  • sleep loss
  • weight loss
  • dental issues
  • skin problems
  • aggressiveness and lack of mental functioning

Meth has a long lasting effect on the body, posing damage to the central nervous system and overall body functions. Meth addiction over a long period of time has caused damage to kidneys, lungs and livers of the addicts.

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