13 Nov New Dangers of Using Heroin
The New Dangers of Using Heroin
A typical heroin user is no longer easy to spot by needle “track-marks,” as pure heroin available on the market today is sold as a white powder that can be snorted or smoked. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “This trend appears to be driven largely by young adults aged 18–25” and “heroin use no longer predominates solely in urban areas.” No matter where you live, heroin use and overdoses from adulterated heroin is now a daily occurrence.
As if the increase in heroin use among suburban youth is not enough to worry about, health and law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned with new versions of the drug hitting the streets that are stronger and more deadly than any previous versions.
This new heroin is laced or cut with the sedatives carfentanil and fentanyl that are used for large animals such as horses and elephants. According to recently issued warning by the DEA, “Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.
DEA, local law enforcement and first responders have recently seen the presence of carfentanil, which has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths in various parts of the country. . . “Fentanyl can kill you,” and “is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. . . It is 40 to 50 times stronger than street-level heroin. A very small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you.”
Death is too big a price to pay for a temporary high. The chance that a user is getting a contaminated product is very strong. Reaching out to get help with your, or someone you love’s, heroin use is the first step to getting off the roller coaster of substance abuse.