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Inpatient Heroin Rehab

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

How is Heroin Abused? Can heroin be abused? Yes, it can be abused. In fact, if you are taking heroin at all, then you’re abusing it because, by definition, heroin is an illegal narcotic that is not regulated for use by medical experts or doctors. Heroin is one of the strongest opiates out there and is considered a Scheduled I substance by the Controlled Substances Act. Heroin is not meant to be used for any reason. Individuals who use this illegal drug do so for recreational purposes or because they are addicted to heroin. Moreover, when someone abuses heroin, they can develop a quick dependency and/or high opiate tolerance. And the more they continue to use heroin, the more severe the heroin addiction. Because heroin is a street drug, you can never trust that it’s entirely pure. It often contains additives and traces of other drugs as a cutting agent like fentanyl. These can be harmful whether you inject, smoke, or snort heroin. These routes of an administration still send the drug quickly to the brain and include additional risk of infectious disease. Some users mix heroin with crack cocaine, a practice called drug speedballing. What does heroin do to the…