Addicted to Heroin: Why it Doesn’t Have to be a Death Sentence

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What Percentage of Heroin Users Die?

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid or painkiller, which actually kills more Americans than Heroin and Cocaine combined (according to the Centers for Disease Control). It goes to show that all of these drugs are more dangerous than people realize.

Heroin is the number one killer of illegal drug users, it is a serious drug. No drug is safe. They all have harmful and dangerous effects, and one can overdose from them. Heroin is highly overdosed, and one in ten Heroin overdoses end in death.

You never know what you are getting when you buy any drug, it can have other toxic contaminants (such as Fentanyl, rat poison, etc.) that can bring about death and this is inclusive of Heroin. Whether mixed with other drugs or straight, Heroin is factually a deadly drug.

Some statistics on Heroin and the deaths caused by Heroin overdoses alone are:

  • Approximately 3 out 4 new Heroin users became hooked to Opioids through prescriptions first.
  • In 2002 Heroin overdose deaths were at about 2,000, by 2013 they jumped up to 8,000. That is an increase of more than 286%
  • According to a 2008 report by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, Opiates, mainly Heroin, were involved in four out of every five drug-related deaths in Europe.
  • In 2014 Opioids (which include both prescription painkillers and Heroin) accounted for 61% of all drug overdose deaths.
  • From 2014 to 2015 alone, Heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6%
  • About 13,000 people died in the year 2015 from Heroin Overdose
  • Heroin overdose deaths are consistently on the rise, they have more than quadrupled since 2010

Note, that these statistics are overdose-related deaths only, this doesn’t include all deaths caused by Heroin, such as car accidents, crimes related to it, murders, accidental deaths, deaths from neglect, death by malnutrition, and much more.

Heroin Overdose

Heroin overdose is a major issue, as is using the drug at all, as using even once can not only be horribly agonizing and distorting to the body and mind, but can kill the user. 

Heroin use is on the rise. Overdose deaths from Heroin have recently increased. Heroin is a devastating drug ruining the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Besides all of the other numerous affects that Heroin causes on the body alone, it effects the primarily life organ of the body – the heart:

  • A common heart problem caused by Heroin use is an infection on the surface of the heart known as Infectious Endocarditis from which intravenous heroin users are 300 times more likely to die from.
  • The heart pumps blood to the entire body, keeping it alive and well; Heroin use can bring about what is known as Arrhythmia which affects the rate in which the heart beats, not allowing it to pump the necessary blood to the body’s organs including the brain.
  • Another serious condition, known as a Pulmonary Edema, is when the heart isn’t pumping well and blood backs up in one’s veins. It backs all the way up into the lungs and continues into the part of the heart that it shouldn’t be in- the left side of the heart. Blood flows into the air spaces in the lungs, constricting oxygen until one can’t breathe or one has a heart attack.

Heroin causes so many more deadly injuries to the body than just the heart. A sad fact of Heroin is that most users die in their homes and/or in around another person, which suggests that Heroin addicts live with other Heroin addicts. The apathy and unawareness, that comes with Heroin use, about doing anything- even when on the brink of death, or in order to save another’s life, is shocking.

Save Lives, End Heroin Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, back in 2011 4.2 million Americans over the age of 11 had tried Heroin at least once, and an estimated 23% of them would become addicts, which equates to about 1 million of them. Almost two decades later, with statistics on Heroin quadrupling and beyond, one can see how widespread Heroin addiction is becoming – and why it needs to come to its end immediately.

Share the facts, actual truths about Heroin. Past addicts who have come out and told of their horrors while on the drug, make a huge difference in the world, as these are the realities of what Heroin brings about. The destruction of lives, the insanity, the lack of care for anything but the drug, the dismissal of family, the living standards, the criminal acts, and so much more, are the ruins of Heroin.

In knowing what percentage of Heroin users die, how many people have used Heroin, how many crimes have been committed in relation to Heroin use, how many families have suffered when Heroin was around, how many children are exposed to Heroin, what all of the effects of Heroin are, the physical and mental states caused by Heroin on any individual, what the total monetary burden on society is from Heroin alone, babies born addicted to Heroin, neglect of children by Heroin addicts, how Heroin is introduced and promoted in society, Heroin purchases funding murder and so many more statistics, can we then truly begin to address the situation.

By truly understanding what terrible situations come about in relation to Heroin use and the lives that it affects, can we become a responsible nation and lead others in ending the torments of Heroin.

Information about the problems Heroin causes in people’s lives needs to be shared.

Heroin doesn’t need to bring death and suffering, the reality is that addiction to Heroin can be overcome for good. One can return to a productive, purposeful and meaningful life once more, with their loved ones safe and happy.

Drugs are not to be lightly considered, they should be avoided at all costs, the lives ruined from Heroin alone are enough of a wake-up call. We as a society should demand of ourselves to take the responsibility to end the well-accepted drug epidemic.

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