Heroin is an opiate, and one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs that quickly causes a physical and mental dependency. People take it to get a sense of calm or relief, which only lasts a few minutes. A user’s tolerance to Heroin quickly rises, so an individual will have to take more to achieve the desired effect, which puts them at a higher risk of an overdose. Heroin is so addictive that 1 in 4 people who try it get hooked. Heroin addiction can very quickly take control over every aspect of your life, changing the type of person you are, your relationships and how others view you.
Opiate use in the United States has become an epidemic, with rates of use doubling in the past decade for people aged 18-25. People can snort, smoke, or inject it. Intravenous heroin use is the most dangerous as it is the easiest way to overdose and catch communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis.