Drug resurgence: Why is heroin popula...

Drug resurgence: Why is heroin popular again?

There are 6 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Sep 1, 2012, titled Drug resurgence: Why is heroin popular again?. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

An unlikely suspect is being blamed for at least part of the recent uptick in heroin use, which is taxing police departments and destroying lives: prescriptions written by doctors.

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Since: Jul 12

Trenton, FL

#1 Sep 1, 2012
It's popular because it's powerful and waves of people who were addicted to power prescription opiates like Oxycodone, and Oxycontin can no longer afford these pills. The Oxys have become increasingly rare due to politics and law enforcement and the people who are addicted have moved to heroin as a cost effective alternative. Unfortunately, Heroin is a quick road to hell and those caught in its grip are not easily set free.
Sheik Yerbouti

Warrington, PA

#3 Sep 3, 2012
The switch is an inevitable progression. Heroin is cheaper and more potent than most prescription opiates.

Hollywood, FL

#4 Sep 3, 2012
To bad the only way to tell how much opiates are in that powder is to do it.... so many deaths from not knowing how potent that batch is!

That's why before oxy became impossible to get IV users preferred pills... because it cut down the over dose factor 55%.

But now people can't get those strong opiates in a pill form that easy anymore ....so yes they switch to heroin ....and then death.
You DONT see older heroin users do you?
But there really ain't heroin were I live near ft.Lauderdale /Hollywood

Thebain ™

Seattle, WA

#5 Sep 3, 2012
- Yeah, cheaper and stronger, so people switch over. It's just cost effectiveness. I used to be able to get an OC 80 for $10, but when that skyrockets to 8x that price, you will do what you need to find something that does something similar at a much lower price. People who like to get high don't just suddenly stop liking it when their drug of choice gets more expensive, they find a way to get as high as they need to on their budget.

- But my issue is this: people act like smack is SOOOO much worse than prescriptions. I would say that it is only worse because it is made by cartels in jungles, forests, and deserts instead of actual pharmaceutical factories. If it were pharmaceutical grade Diacetylmorphine, which is still available in some countries, it's just as clean as any other medicine you can shoot yourself with. And it's no more "hellish" to be addicted to heroin as it is to be addicted to any other strong opiate. Give me a couple suboxones and I can get off any opiate, from oxycodone to heroin, within a week, and it's not that hard. Smack WDs are only a tiny bit worse than Oxy, Morphine, or Dilaudid WDs. It is a very small difference, and with a little suboxone you can nullify nearly all the physical symptoms until you are off it anyway. "Heroin is a quick road to hell," you say? I would argue that it is no worse than any serious opiate addiction. "Those caught in it's grip are not easily set free," you say? Well, that is true enough, but again, no more true than it is about any other opiate.

- I would say that to stay away from ANY IV opiate use is better advice than to just stay away from heroin. Honestly, there is not much difference (aside from price). You just have to be a little more careful with H because it doesn't have a milligram doseage stamped on it like a pill, and it's strength will vary. THAT is the one reason that heroin can be more dangerous, you don't control the strength, so be careful when you're dosing it. Other than that, get some suboxone (to use very sparingly) and you'll always be able to get off any opiate. Personally, I think Diacetylmorphine (heroin) does a better job of killing pain when I use it than Morphine or even Oxy and Dilaudid or Opana can. I get a much better rush off the real pharma pills, so they do get me higher if I have enough. But I get more pain relief from the cartel smack after the initial injection. Aint that a bitch?

Since: Sep 12

Kirkland, WA

#6 Sep 3, 2012
Chemroxx, I agree with the fact that Heroin has a stigma attached to it when compared to prescription opiates. When you get down to it the truth is there is little difference, I think the biggest reason for that is the association with cartels and the needle use. In reality any opiate being injected is taking it to the next level, using opiates IV is an addiction in itself.
Suboxone can be a lifesaver for anyone addicted to opiates, it will give you your life back and can be used to take breaks from opiates to.

Elmhurst, IL

#7 Oct 1, 2012
Adverse Effects of Heroin
Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, including fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, and—particularly in users who inject the drug—infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Chronic users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and liver or kidney disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health of the abuser as well as from heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin often contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent damage to vital organs.
Chronic use of heroin leads to physical dependence, a state in which the body has adapted to the presence of the drug. If a dependent user reduces or stops use of the drug abruptly, he or she may experience severe symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms—which can begin as early as a few hours after the last drug administration—can include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”), and kicking movements (“kicking the habit”). Users also experience severe craving for the drug during withdrawal, which can precipitate continued abuse and/or relapse. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of the drug and typically subside after about 1 week. Some individuals, however, may show persistent withdrawal symptoms for months. Although heroin withdrawal is considered less dangerous than alcohol or barbiturate withdrawal, sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health is occasionally fatal. In addition, heroin craving can persist years after drug cessation, particularly upon exposure to triggers such as stress or people, places, and things associated with drug use.
Heroin abuse during pregnancy, together with related factors like poor nutrition and inadequate prenatal care, has been associated with adverse consequences including low birthweight, an important risk factor for later developmental delay. If the mother is regularly abusing the drug, the infant may be born physically dependent on heroin and could suffer from serious medical complications requiring hospitalization.

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