The Heroin Epidemic (Part II)

In Part I of our two-part blog segment, we provided a general overview of what heroin is and how it is made. We now continue our discussion into the reasons behind the growing epidemic and why it should be a concern for everyone.

The pure forms of heroin most people are familiar with are no longer the main types being used. Rather, heroin is being made from a broader range of poppy plants, which results in the color variations and the sticky tar type. Furthermore, heroin powder is mixed with various substances, which could include chalk, household cleaners, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and so on.

Since there is no regulation between manufacturers, there is no way to know for sure what was mixed in with the heroin, let alone how much actual heroin is in the product purchased illegally on the black market. Plus, the effects experienced are directly related to how it is taken. Heroin is snorted, smoked, rubbed on the gums, eaten, and injected.

Both brown powder heroin and sticky tar heroin are growing in popularity with heroin addicts because they cost significantly less than pure white heroin. As a result, not only are current heroin abusers switching to the less expensive forms, but it is also attracting new users who want to try the drug.

Unfortunately, the addictive properties of heroin are rather strong and, in some cases, only require a person to try it once before they are hooked. Trying to overcome heroin abuse on your own is never a good idea. If you are ready to take the first steps on the road to recovery, heroin addiction treatment and help is available by contacting Wellness Center NJ at 201-932-1695 today!

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