Heroin is an illegal narcotic opioid which has become extremely prevalent throughout the country over the course of the past two decades. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 948,000 Americans reported using heroin in 2016, and rates of heroin use have been on the rise since 2007. The majority of people who abuse heroin are between the ages of 18 and 25, though heroin addiction can occur regardless of age, personal background and demographic. Heroin is highly addictive, and even using the drug once or twice can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
In its purest form, heroin can be snorted or smoked. These methods of ingestion might appeal to some because they can avoid the stigma related to intravenous drug use. However, it is important to note heroin is addictive and dangerous regardless of whether it is snorted, smoked or injected. Dissolving the drug and injecting it directly into the bloodstream increases the risk of overdose-related death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 14,000 people lost their lives to heroin overdose in 2019. The CDC states, “The number of heroin-involved overdose deaths was more than seven times higher in 2019 than in 1999. Nearly a third of all opioid deaths involved heroin.” Because the purity of heroin varies so significantly, using the drug one time can result in a fatal overdose.
If you have been using heroin, there is help available, and recovery is always possible. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we specialize in treating the symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal while preparing each of our clients to take the next appropriate step on their personal recovery journeys. To learn more about our program of heroin addiction recovery or to ask additional questions about heroin use and dependence, today.