Marijuana Essay: Heroin: Growing Addiction

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Heroin: Growing Addiction

When I saw that I was required to write a paper on a drug of abuse I knew instantly which drug I was going to select. Heroin. This drug has made a large impact on my personal life the past few years. In early 2014 my boyfriends’ uncle passed away due to the withdrawal of heroin, at the young age of twenty-six. He was not able to overcome the mental damage from the lack of heroin in his system and killed himself. After the incident my boyfriends’ younger brother, who was eighteen at the time, took up heroin to try and cover up his emotions of the loss. It has been an enormous impact on our lives and a struggle to assist him to give up the demon. The drug changed him from someone I loved to someone I wish I did not
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According to the Drug Enforcement Administration website it states that schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. This drug is highly addictive. When I saw the classification that heroin was in schedule I could not agree more. Do I agree it should be classified with marijuana? No. But I do not agree that marijuana should be in schedule I drugs either. Heroin is a drug that can instantly cause addiction, you may quickly develop tolerance and physiologic dependence. By becoming dependent on the drug you need more to continue getting the same rush. Once a user becomes dependent on the drug and tries to pull away it can cause withdrawal symptoms as early as six hours later. A few signs of withdrawal include vomiting, tremors, sweating and moodiness. A person going through withdrawal can be noticeably distant. I had the personal experience of watching my boyfriends’ brother the past few months go through this stage, he was always tired and laid up in bed with the lights off, he would take a shower every hour to try and shake it off. It is such a hard thing to watch, but even harder for the abuser to overcome. The euphoric rush from the heroin will cause the addict to want more, crave more. In addition to pain relief, the opioid effect triggers a cascade of molecular and chemical events in the brain, which ultimately generate strong associated feelings of intense pleasure. Heroin has both short-term and long-term effects on a person, from daily dry mouth in the short-term to permanent changes in your cognitive functions such as collapsed veins. Heroin is commonly injected and when injecting the drug there are a variety of death risks involved. By sharing the needles you are likely to

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