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Heroin: A Deadly Addiction

153391550Heroin is a derivative of morphine, a natural product found in the seedpod of poppies. One quarter of the people who try this drug become addicted. Once addicted, it is almost impossible to break the habit. The strength of the addiction and the effects of the drug on the body make it one of the most deadly drugs available.

Heroin addiction is physical as well as psychological. The body actually adapts itself to the drug and when it is withdrawn, the physical symptoms are painful. Muscles and bones react by sending pain signals to the brain calling for more heroin to relieve the symptoms. Addicts in withdrawal experience bouts of nausea and vomiting.

The effects of regular heroin use are devastating to the body. The lung and liver are subject to disease and degradation. Infections of the lining of the heart are common and hepatitis may be passed between users when needles are shared. The risks of contracting HIV/AIDS from using shared needles are astronomical.

Over time, physical appearance will deteriorate in a user. Typical changes include weight and hair loss, extensive tooth decay, and signs of rapid aging. These changes begin to occur soon after addiction.

Heroin is thought to be extremely addictive because its effects are almost instantaneous. Young adults are extremely susceptible because it is an easy and very pleasurable high. Parents must educate their children about the effects of this drug with its high level of addiction rates.

Family members should seek professional help for the heroin addict as soon as they notice changes in physical appearance or behaviors that indicate a loved one is abusing heroin. Getting off of this drug requires medical intervention because the physical effects of withdrawal are so extreme. Weaning the body from the drug is the first step necessary to erase physical dependence. A protracted period of drug counseling after the heroin user gets clean will be necessary to maintain a drug-free future.


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A Closer Look at Various Types of Barbiturates

133696775Substance Abuse can come in many forms. Some are more dangerous and harmful than others. In this article we will look at a few different forms of substances that can be abused and their subsequent effects on the human body.

Pentobarbital or Nembutal is the first drug we will review. This is a short acting barbiturate made in 1928. This is also a highly addictive drug that when used regularly consistently causes nasty side effects. But what is a barbiturate exactly? This is a drug that plays on the central nervous system, acting as a depressant. This class of drug has, as with most, varying affects. Barbiturates can be used as a sedative or in anesthesia, but they can also be abused when taken without the oversight of a medical professional.

Amobarbital or Amytyl is another type of barbiturate. A white and grainy substance, it can have sedative or even hypnotic effects. The effects of this drug are exacerbated when used with alcohol, caffeine, or when used with other drug classes. Secobarbital, also known by its other name, Seconal is a barbiturate derivative that is highly addictive and brings on the symptoms of hypnotic effect. Phenobarbital is another barbiturate that has hypnotic and sedative properties.

In short, if you or a loved one has a problem with any of these substances listed in this article, you should seek help. Call a rehab center or seek help from your GP. Those on barbiturates are in danger of hurting themselves and others both physically and emotionally. They can also lead to legal troubles like imprisonment, or loss of a job. Barbiturates have serious and long lasting side effects that can last for life. But help can be attained. Addiction to barbiturates can be broken, and it can be broken for good when the proper help is sought.