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In the past twenty years heroin use has grown dramatically Psychoactive drugs have become the young persons largest problem to face Drugs have become a part of even the most stereotypically normal familys life No workplace home or school can be completely drug proofed To live with these drugs one must learn about them Not knowing the facts about heroin will ultimately lead to the drugs winning the gameHeroin is an opiate which comes from the opium poppy When the opium poppy dies a white substance is left This substance hardens and turns brown becoming opium Smith 13 Heroin was created to treat morphine addiction for men coming home from WWI Only until it was too late was heroin discovered to be more destructive than morphineWhat happens after a person uses heroinHeroin is an opiate or a downer that affects the brains pleasure and pain systems Heroin interferes with the brains ability to perceive pain and activates the brains pleasure system Heroin is a fast-acting drug especially when injected or smoked Injected heroin reaches the brain in 15-30 seconds smoked heroin reaches the brain in 7 secondsIt is extremely difficult to estimate how many people use heroinThere is agreement among epidemiologists that heroin is the most under-reported drug in terms of usage and that any usage statistics are unreliable Estimates range from 428000 past-year heroin users National Household Survey 1995 to 600000 past week heroin users Office of National Drug Control Policy On the other hand some experts estimate that as many as two to three million people in the United States use heroin recreationallyOnce a person begins using heroin he or she quickly develops a tolerance to the drug and needs more and more to get the same effects Zackon 45 Within one month a new user might need much more than hisher initial dose to get high Many heroin addicts have intense cravings for heroin but find it takes more and more heroin
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