Beware of the Black Tar

Every Year the U.S. DEA spends millions of dollars eradicating this drug. It’s black tar heroin and it’s one of the most addicting substances known to man.

WHAT IS IT?

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that causes severe damage to your brain. Also known on the streets as H, smack, horse, or black tar heroin, it’s made from the resin of Asian opium poppy plants. Nowadays, it’s used in an illicit recreational way by an estimated 9.5 million addicts worldwide.  About 40% of individuals get addicted to it after just their first use and it can either be injected, sniffed, or smoked.

 

WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

Heroin was originally designed to help those addicted to opium and morphine in the 1850s as these substances were a huge problem in the United States. But 1898, Felix Hoffmann—a chemist working for the Bayer pharmaceutical company in Germany—attempted to create a form of codeine that was less addicting than morphine. But as a result, he developed something twice as potent: heroin. It was then commercialized & sold as a cough suppressant & non-addictive morphine substitute until its ban by the League of Nations Health Committee in 1930. Today, it’s sold as illegal street drug worldwide.

 

HOW WILL IT KILL YOU?

Heroin provides its users with an initial, short lasting sense of extreme euphoria followed by hours a painful withdrawals. This is accompanied by dryness in the mouth, slowed down breathing, and weakness in your muscular system. Aside from developing an addiction & dependence on the drug, longterm users will oftentimes experience cold sweats, an infection of the heart lining & valves, and a decrease in liver function. Also, these users will usually appear thin and bony as a result of the drug breaking down your immune system, which results in death if left untreated. Death from overdose occurs in  as little as several minutes to several hours and results from unconsciously choking on their own vomit or from anoxia. Users also have a higher rate of being infected with needle-borne illnesses such as HIV and AIDS.

 

HOW TO SURVIVE

Withdrawing from heroin can be a long and painful process starting from 6 to 24 hours after the last dose. This is called going “cold turkey” and includes but is not limited to symptoms such as sweating, severe muscle and bone aches, cold sweats, vomiting, and depression. Medications designed to help heroin users may also be prescribed such as Suboxone, which is a combination of the opioid medication, Buprenorphine, and the opioid antagonist, Naloxone. In general, the recovery process from addiction is slow and difficult & therefore, professional medical and psychological help is highly advised in order to help taper off from this potent narcotic.

 

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