Understanding Heroin Addiction Symptoms and Effects
Heroin addiction is usually described by a compulsive drug seeking behavior and abuse. When the drug is used, it actives molecules that interact with opioid receptors. These receptors are located throughout the brain and body and are instrumental for changing the perception of pain and rewarding behaviors.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is a powerful semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine most often used as a recreational drug. Heroin delivers and intense “rush” and is more powerful than most opioid analgesics because it crosses the blood-brain barrier more rapidly. Use of heroin leads quickly to dependence and has a high potential for addiction.
Heroin is known to cause “blissful apathy” along with its painkilling effects.
The type of available heroin and strength may vary based on the geographical location. Different areas produce various forms of the drug. The black tar version is usually found on the West Coast while the white is usually found on the East Coast.
There are a number of names used when referring to the drug, according to the location and local trends. However, some are relatively well known across different locations and with different age groups: