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Opiate Hotline Heroin Facts

Heroin being prepared to inject
Heroin being prepared to inject
Heroin being prepared to inject

What is Heroin?

  • Heroin is an opioid drug derived from morphine, a natural substance found in the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.  It is a highly addictive opioid and responsible for thousands of addicts, overdoses and deaths in the USA.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there was a six fold increase in heroin related deaths from 2002 to 2015.  Heroin and related opioid and opiate overdoses and emergency room stays are at an all time high.  The problems caused by addiction can be horrendous and the financial burden to buy drugs to feed a heroin addiction is daunting.  As bad as opioid and opiate addiction can be there is always hope for the person who is ready to make a change and turn their back on drug addiction.

What does heroin look like?

Heroin is found in several forms:

  1. White powder
  2. Brown powder
  3. Black, sticky substance known as black tar heroin

What are common names for heroin?

  1. Dope
  2. Horse
  3. Junk
  4. Smack

How do people consume heroin?

  1. Smoke
  2. Inject
  3. Snort
  4. Sometimes mixed with cocaine and is called a “speed ball

How does heroin affect someone?

When heroin enters the brain it actually changes back into morphine.  It binds to opioid receptors on brain cells, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure.  It causes:

  1. Strong, feelings of euphoria
  2. Heavy feelings in the hands and feet
  3. Clouded and impaired mental functioning
  4. Dry mouth

What are the long term affects of heroin use?

  1. Likelihood of becoming addicted
  2. Collapsed veins
  3. Lung complications
  4. Abscesses
  5. Infection of the heart lining and valves
  6. Possible overdose
Heroin overdose statistics
Heroin overdose statistics

What happens during heroin withdrawal?

  1. Muscle and bone aches
  2. Sleeplessness
  3. Diarrhea and vomiting
  4. Cold flashes with goose bumps
  5. Uncontrollable leg spasms
  6. Severe heroin cravings

How are heroin overdoses treated?

Typically Naloxone is the medicine used to treat heroin overdose, it should be given as quickly as possible.

How heroin addicts recover

The first thing an addict does to begin their road to recovery is admit they have a problem and cultivate a strong desire to quit.  National Opiate Hotline strongly recommends speaking with a doctor or qualified and experienced medical professional.  Ending a heroin addiction can pose health risks because heroin is so toxic to the body and addictive, so talk to a medical professional.  It’s ideal that an addict gets involved in some sort of treatment.

Heroin treatment paths include:

  • Out patient counseling
  • In patient counseling
  • Day treatment
  • Free support groups like Narcotics Anonymous

Don’t be a statistic. If you or a loved one is tangled in heroin use or addiction the National Opiate Hotline is here to help provide guidance.  The call is free and we’re here 24/7. 1-888-784-6641



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Mother Shares Her Late Daughter’s Poem About Heroin Addiction

Delaney Farrell opiate victim

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Delaney Farrell  opiate victim
Delaney Farrell

The parents of a Pennsylvania 23 year old girl who overdosed on heroin are hoping to help others facing drug addiction by sharing their daughter’s poetry.  They posted her poem about heroin addiction in her obituary.

Delaney Farrell died five years after she began using heroin. She was found dead inside a hotel bathroom. A tragic loss for her family and a needless end of a young girl’s life.  The family hopes her poem can help others to re-think their use of heroin and other opiates and drugs.  We can only hope her story might inspire someone with an opiate problem to decide they want more in life and begin their own recovery.

And here is Delaney’s poem:

“Funny, I don’t remember no good dope days. I remember walking for miles in a dope fiend haze. I remember sleeping in houses that had no electric. I remember being called a junkie, but I couldn’t accept it.

I remember hanging out in abandos that were empty and dark. I remember shooting up in the bathroom and falling out at the park.

I remember nodding out in front of my sisters kid. I remember not remembering half of the things that I did.

I remember the dope man’s time frame, just ten more minutes. I remember those days being so sick that I just wanted to end it.

I remember the birthdays and holiday celebrations. All the things I missed during my incarceration.

I remember overdosing on my bedroom floor. I remember my sisters cry and my dad having to break down the door.

I remember the look on his face when I opened my eyes, thinking today was the day that his baby had died.

I remember blaming myself when my mom decided to leave. I remember the guilt I felt in my chest making it hard to breathe.

I remember caring so much but not knowing how to show it. and I know to this day that she probably don’t even know it.

I remember feeling like I lost all hope. I remember giving up my body for the next bag of dope.

I remember only causing pain, destruction and harm. I remember the track marks the needles left on my arm.

I remember watching the slow break up of my home. I remember thinking my family would be better off if I just left them alone.

I remember looking in the mirror at my sickly completion. I remember not recognizing myself in my own Damn reflection.

I remember constantly obsessing over my next score but what I remember most is getting down on my knees and asking God to save me cuz I don’t want to do this no more !!! “

Treatment and recovery is possible for all, no one is hopeless. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin or other opiates and opioids, call our hotline today.  We’re here 24/7 to offer guidance and treatment solutions. Call now 1-888-784-6641