Heroin is one of the most menacing illegal drugs out there, with very high risk and commonality, of overdose, abuse, and addiction. It is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Of the 20.5 million Americans with a substance abuse disorder, nearly 600 thousand of these users are addicted to heroin. Of the 42 thousand drug related deaths in 2016, heroin was responsible for 66% of these deaths.
There are many tell-tell signs of Heroin abuse. By recognizing them right away, the chances of helping your loved one are higher.
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Physical Signs of Use
How to know if your loved one is using Heroin.
- Jaundice- yellowing of, most commonly, the fingers or toes
- Pinpoint Pupils
- Slow movements of the eyes
- Mumbling, or Slurred Speech
- Intense lethargy- the addict often falls asleep at unexpected times, in unexpected areas. Sometimes even in the middle of a conversation, sitting upright.
- Loss of Focus
- Lack of Coordination
- Mood Swings- Getting angry quickly, or randomly excited
- Increased Sex Drive after usage. Decreased Sex Drive while not high.
What To Look For
As a concerned loved one, here are some signs to look for and be wary of, if you suspect your loved one of Heroin use.
- Lying- about who with, or where they were
- Spontaneous loss of a Job
- Withdrawal from once enjoyed activities/friends
- Watch for paraphernalia- burnt spoons, tiny dark brown spackles on walls/ceilings, needles. Typically the addict will have paraphernalia directly on them; in their pants or jacket pockets, in a bag/backpackor backpack that’s always with them. Sometimes the paraphenilia won’t be in a common pocket, but a make shift pocket the addict has cut out inside.
- Track marks- injection sites commonly in elbow crease, behind knees, between toes or fingers.
- Decreased Motivation- the addict can sit in front of a TV for hours, and never even see the film.
- Intense lethargy- the addict often falls asleep at unexpected times, in unexpected places. Sometimes even in the middle of a conversation, sitting upright. Sleep schedule is erratic and unusual.
- Unusually long periods of time spent behind locked doors- in a bathroom or bedroom.
A few of the most serious infections that can result from IV drug use, and DO affect most IV drug users.
- Hepatitis C
- Staph Infections
- Necrotizing Fasciitis- flesh eating disease.
- Bacterial Endocarditis- infection of the heart