The United States is the highest consumer of heroin from Colombia and Mexico, but also consumes heroin from other sources, according to the CIA. As reported by the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of the US population using heroin increased from 0.1% to 0.4%. Amongst young adults (18 years to 25 years), heroin use doubled from 0.8% to 1.6%. In the state of Colorado approximately 2.6% of all those attending a rehabilitation facility are there for heroin addiction. Unlike the national figures, however, according to the figures from the National Substance Abuse Index, there is no huge difference in the age of users. People between the ages of 21 and 50 are using heroin equally.
Heroin is an opiate and is highly addictive. Chronic users may develop a whole host of health problems including collapsed veins, pulmonary conditions, and liver and kidney disease. The risks from taking heroin not only include addiction to the drug, but a user may be exposed to other chemicals used to “cut” the drug as well as infections that are spread through needle use. Infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as other diseases carried in the blood are just some diseases spread through needle use. Due to heroin's highly addictive nature, the addiction is often very hard to break and professional help is recommended. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, simply detoxifying from heroin does not successfully help people manage the disease, it often needs to be coupled with other therapies including drug therapy. If you are seeking help for heroin addiction, please visit our website.
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