Why Is Heroin Making a Comeback?
There is no doubt that heroin use is making a comeback in the United States given the increase in the amount of seizures of the illegal drug at U.S. borders and the rapid increase in overdose deaths.
What Is It Like to Be Addicted to Heroin?
What is it like to be addicted to heroin? What is life like for a heroin addict?
Here are pictures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of heroin in various forms. Heroin in its purest form is white, but most heroin appears brown in color.
Basic Facts About Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and its use is a serious problem in the United States. Recent trends show a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that only injecting heroin will lead to addiction.
The Health Effects of Heroin
As with most illegal drugs, Heroin use has both short-term and long-term effects. Whether injected, snorted or smoked, heroin will begin to affect the body's central nervous system almost immeidately after it is used.
Recent studies suggest a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead to addiction.
Books about Heroin and Heroin Addiction
These books trace the history of heroin use and its affect on society and culture. They include personal experiences of heroin addicts, and describe how many of them found their way out of the seeming hopelessness of addiction.
What are the medical complications of chronic heroin use? What are the treatments for heroin addiction? Frequently asked questions about Heroin.
Common Slang Terms for Heroin
In the culture surrounding illegal drugs there are hundreds of slang terms, nicknames and street names for heroin.
Report: Heroin and Crack Cocaine Most Addictive
Not surprisingly, more people were dependent on heroin and crack cocaine than any other drugs two years after their initial use.
Methadone Can Kill Even at Therapeutic Levels
Methadone, a drug used primarily for drug addiction withdrawal and chronic pain relief, can cause sudden cardiac death even when it is not overdosed, but is taken at normal therapeutic levels.
New Treatment Option for Heroin Addiction
An alternative drug therapy to methadone for the treatment of heroin addiction -- using buprenorphine -- is proposed by Swedish authors of a new study.
Recovering Addicts Mourn Lost 'Love Affair' with Needles
Heroin addicts trying to kick the habit often profoundly grieve their lost "relationship" with the needles they use to inject the drug, according to a new study by a University at Buffalo doctoral student.
Buprenorphine Brings New Patients Into Treatment
Patients who receive buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction in an office–based setting are more likely to be young men, new to drug use, and with no history of methadone treatment.
Heroin - Quick Facts
Drug Profile: Commercial and street names, method of use, intoxication effects and potential health consequences for heroin.
Methadone Maintenance and Alcoholism Treatment
Alcoholic ex-heroin addicts who are in methadone-maintenance treatment can be treated for their alcoholism without first withdrawing them from methadone, research shows.
Methadone Deaths Not Linked to Treatment
Methadone-associated deaths are not being caused primarily by methadone diverted from methadone treatment programs, a panel of experts convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported.
Prescribing Heroin Can Help Addicts?
Supervised prescription of a combination of methadone plus heroin is feasible, safe, and effective in reducing the many physical, mental, and social problems of heroin addicts, according to Dutch researchers.
Buprenorphine Proves Promising for Heroin Addiction
Buprenorphine, a new drug being used to treat heroin addicts instead of methadone, is showing signs of working better than any past treatment and some professionals believe it will drastically change recovery rates.
Office-Based Addiction Therapy Successful
Buprenorphine therapy allows physicians to treat patients for addiction in their offices in the same manner that other people are treated for other chronic illnesses.
One-Shot Addiction Treatment Shows Promise
A new study reports that a long-lasting depot medication appears safe and effective for treatment of narcotic addiction.
Driving Okay for Methadone Users
An Australian study indicates similar simulated driving results in clients stabilized on pharmacotherapy for heroin dependence and non-drug taking drivers, questioning the need for driving restrictions.
Addiction Treatment Forum
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