Heroin Addiction by Narconon

What is Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive, and illegal Schedule I substance. Heroin use and abuse has become an epidemic in the world, especially the United States. Heroin is the most abused opiate, as well as the fastest acting. Heroin is derived directly from morphine, which is a naturally occurring compound extracted from the seed pods of the opium poppy.

The two most common forms of heroin are tar, or powder. The purest heroin is usually in powder form, also known as “china white”. The majority of heroin is marketed as a white powder or brownish tar like substance. Heroin is usually combined, or cut with other drugs or with substances such as quinine, powdered milk, and even sugar. There have also been reports of heroin being cut with toxic chemicals such as strychnine. Another common form of heroin is known as black tar. Black tar is usually sticky, like tar used for roofing houses. Some common street names for heroin include H, Brown sugar, Skag, Junk, Smack, Black tar, Horse, and Mud.


The majority of people realize that drugs like heroin affect the body, but they do not always realize that the effects on the brain are even more dramatic. This begins when the user gets high off heroin for their first time. The first use starts the domino effect of potential addiction for the user. That first “rush” of pure euphoria is produced by a large quantity of opiates traveling to the user’s brain, and this can often cause addiction after a person uses heroin one time. As time goes on, the brain starts to crave the same level of opiates in order to feel “normal”. When the user does not have that extra level of opiates, their brain shifts into a sort of panic, and sends messages to the body that more opiates are required in order to feel “normal”. This is how the rollercoaster of heroin addiction begins.

Heroin Affects the Users Brain and Body?

Studies have shown the long-term heroin abuse can literally change a user’s brain over time. This is how this takes place: Your normal person has a sustained level of dopamine that is produced at regular intervals and is released into their brain so that they can simply feel “normal” as they go about their life. An example is, after and during exercise, the body slowly releases small amounts of the chemical dopamine into the brain, so that the person can feel back to normal again after hard work. This is one of the basic survival mechanisms of humans.

With heroin use comes serious health conditions. A few of these conditions include, but are not limited to:

•    Clogged blood vessels
•    Collapsed veins {intravenous user}
•    Permanent damage to vital organs
•    Devastating effects of heroin on the brain

Once a user starts using heroin every day, the user’s brain communicates “Hold on.
My brain and body always has a steady flow of extra opiates and dopamine, so my brain does not need to produce any on its own. I get all that I could possibly need and more.” So as time continues, and the heroin addict continues the use and abuse heroin They over time train their own brain and body to cease the natural production of dopamine.

Based on the fact that heroin is so dangerous and there are so many risks involved with its long term use and abuse, the majority of heroin addicts rarely live long enough to the stage when their body ceases production of dopamine. The unlucky few that do make it to this point are in a horrible position where their body will always be short on dopamine, and starving for more. This lack of dopamine leaves the addict feeling dead and empty because of the lack of feel good chemicals naturally in the body.

Production and Distribution of Heroin

The United States heroin market is supplied solely by foreign sources that produce opium. The majority of heroin available in the United States is produced in 4 major areas in the world: Southeast Asia-Burma, South America-Colombia, Mexico, and Southwest Asia-Afghanistan.

The majority of the heroin used in the United States comes from opium poppies grown in Mexico, as well as Columbia. Investigations have revealed that Mexico, and Columbia only account for about 5% of the entire world’s opium production. Through much military and DEA control, Colombia’s production has been cut by around 65% since the year 2002. The majority of heroin supplied to the western U.S comes from Mexico. Most of the heroin found west of the Mississippi is produced in Columbia. In 2008, Columbian officials eradicated 375 hectares of poppy fields. This same year Mexico’s government officials reported destroying 7,784 hectares of poppy fields.

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