One of the most common drugs being abused in the US is heroin. Heroin has been destroying families and lives for decades, but now is the time to stop this terrible affliction.
Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. This means it slows down a person’s brain function and affects their breathing, which can slow down or even stop. The person’s body temperature and blood pressure drop, and their heartbeat can become irregular. The person may lose consciousness or lapse into a coma. There are emergency drugs for this reason, however, they are not perfect, and can still be ineffective. While Narcan has become more prevalent, this drug is still responsible for many overdose deaths all over the world.
Heroin, like all opiates, works as a central nervous system depressant. In fact, the human brain contains numerous opiate receptors, as morphine is a naturally occurring chemical. Heroin and morphine are both chemically similar to endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, as they all bind to those opiate receptors related to pain, movement, and emotion. In addition to physical effects on the brain, heroin can make it hard to experience joy or happiness in general after breaking dependence. This can cause people to relapse or quit their treatment in favor of the drug.
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