The drug has never been trustworthy in terms of its purity. For decades, heroin has been cut with other drugs to create a lethal combination. For example, heroin can be combined with methamphetamine, called a goofball, or cocaine, called a speedball. Heroin, a central nervous system depressant, causes one range of side effects while drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, central nervous system stimulants, cause another. Combining the two can have devastating effects and confuse the system until it shuts down. Today, heroin has a new layer of threat added to it. Heroin is most commonly being found with trace amounts of fentanyl, a synthetic opioids. Most opioids, including prescription painkillers, are morphine-based. Morphine is the byproduct of heroin in the bloodstream, and can be made through a single refining process from the resin of the poppy plant seed pod. Heroin, is what is produced after another refining process. Fentanyl was engineered for people whose bodies do not metabolize morphine naturally. Since opioid pain medication is a leading pain management tool, fentanyl is used to make sure patients in need of pain relief are able to get it effectively. Fentanyl has to be strong. Legal fentanyl is prescribed in a pill or a patch and can deliver a potency of opioid pain relief that is up to one hundred times stronger than heroin purchased on the street. Illegal fentanyl can be stronger and more deadly. Clear in color, absent of smell, and almost undetectable, there is no way for heroin users to know if they are being given a dose of fentanyl in their dose of heroin. Injecting the drug causes an immediate overdose for most users, which has contributed to the rise in opioid overdose fatalities. Heroin is a powerful drug. When used intravenously, heroin rushes through the bloodstream, slowing down the nervous system at a more rapid rate. If heroin is strong and used in a high dosage, the central nervous system can become so depressed that a user starts dying. Their breathing slows to dangerously low rates in what is called respiratory depression. Somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness, they lose their ability to ask for help or recognize what is going on within their body. Slowly, their body shuts down, and their heart stops beating.
Heroin addiction is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one are experiencing problems with heroin or opioid abuse the time is now to call for help. Oceanfront Recovery is a treatment facility offering a full spectrum of residential treatment programs. For information on how we can help you change your story of addiction, call us today: 877.279.1777