These relatively high rates of abuse, together with the significant heroin abuse we are now seeing among school-age youth, the glamorization of heroin in music and films, changing patterns of drug use, and heroin's increased purity and decreased prices, make it imperative that the public have the latest scientific information on this topic.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Heroin, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
- What is heroin?
What is the scope of heroin use in the United States?
How is heroin used?
What are the immediate (short-term) effects of heroin use?
What are the long-term effects of heroin use?
What are the medical complications of chronic heroin use?
How does heroin abuse affect pregnant women?
Why are heroin users at special risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C?
What are the treatments for heroin addiction?
What are the opioid analogs and their dangers?