According to the National Substance Abuse Index, not many people are admitted for heroin treatment in Florida. Out of all people admitted, less than 2% are for heroin addiction. This, does not, however, indicated that heroin is not an addictive drug. Heroin is an opiate drug that comes from morphine and is highly addictive. It comes in three different forms: as a white or brown powder or as a sticky black tar-like substance. Heroin is often “cut” with other substances making it quite dangerous to use. Fatal overdose or miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) can occur. In people who are chronic users infections of the heart, liver and kidney diseases are not uncommon. Although there are a variety of methods of taking heroin, injection contains the risk of picking up and/or transmitting diseases like HIV or Hepatitis.
Opiate addictions can be difficult to deal with. As drug addiction is a chronic relapsing disease, drug addiction needs to be taken seriously. Opiate addictions sometimes require more than behavioral treatment and may involve drug therapies such as methadone maintenance, depending on the individual and the severity of the heroin addiction. Methadone maintenance has been used for over 30 years in the treatment of opiate addiction. Methadone is a drug that suppresses the urge to take heroin or other opiates and eases withdrawal symptoms. If you or someone you know suffers from heroin addiction, please visit our website for a list of facilities that can provide you with assistance, some facilities are also registered opiate treatment centers.
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