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Heroin is washing over Americas youth like a tidal wave why what is the reason behind this epidemic In order to understand the problem we must first learn about opiates mainly OxyContin and Heroin what they are where they come from and they do to those who use them Heroin is the most rapidly acting of all opiates making it the most addictive and abused drug known to man and is processed from morphine a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants1 Due to the purity and strength of todays heroin being so variable and the quick changing tolerances of the users system to the drug heroin is also one of the easiest drugs to overdose on suffocating its victim by suppressing respiration2 There are three main ways in which heroin is administered One way is injection and Heroin can be injected up to four times a day Intravenous or vein injection gives the highest level of intensity and the quickest euphoria state of happiness It could be as quickly as seven to eight seconds Intramuscular or muscle injection produces a euphoria in about five to eight minutes Heroin can also be smoked or sniffed The euphoria for these types of administration occurs in ten to fifteen minutes 3 US Dept of Health and Human Services Heroin Abuse Addiction Heroin Abuse Addiction 1997 SocINDEX with Full Text Web 22 Mar 2013 2Drug trend report shows increased use of prescription drugs heroin Worthington Daily Globe MN 17 June 2009 Newspaper Source Web 22 Mar 2013wwwaddictionrecovorgThe Rush
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