Heroin PSA

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Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I depressant drug deriving from morphine.

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It was founded in 1874. At first, physicians did not know the addictive qualities of the drug and used it as a pain reliever. In 1914 it was only available with a prescription, but in 1924 heroin was officially made illegal in the United States.

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Users report feeling a rush immediately after taking the drug followed by a feeling of euphoria. This makes them feel relaxed and passive.

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Heroin can be…. injected inhaled snorted sniffed smoked

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I t affects the brain which heightens the pleasure systems and makes it hard to feel pain.

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All of this sounds great, but……

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR FACTS?

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Recent studies show that about 4.2 million Americans (1.6%) have tried heroin at least once in their life and 23% of individuals that try it become dependent on it after just one use. Don’t be a statistic

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The wrong dosage or continued usage can lead to harmful addiction or even DEATH

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Heroin is the fastest growing drug in high schools today.

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The average age of first time is 22. IS IT WORTH IT? Find out the harmful effects heroin has on the body….

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Heroin affects the individual’s behavior making them alternately wakeful and drowsy. Also, their mental state becomes cloudy because the central nervous system is depressed. Studies have shown an increase in violence due to heroin use.

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Users behaviors change and they tend to lie, avoid eye contact, sleep more often, have lack of motivation, have trouble performing at a job, have worsening hygiene or appearance, low self esteem, and hostile behaviors.

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After doing heroin, the user will have slurred speech, droopy eyelids, impaired vision, vomiting, and constipation.

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DIAL 888-249-7292 If you or someone you know suffers from heroin addiction…..

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http://www.recovery.org/topics/find-a-reputable-heroin-addiction-recovery-hotline/ http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/heroin http://methoide.fcm.arizona.edu/infocenter/index.cfm?stid=174 http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/science/heroin-heroin- crime.html http://www.timberlineknolls.com/drug-addiction/heroin/signs- effects

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