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    E-Cigarettes

    E-Cigarettes

    You’ve probably heard a lot about electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs. Some people say e-cigarettes are a healthier way to smoke or a good way to quit smoking. But e-cigarettes are still new. So there’s much to learn about what’s in them and how they affect people who use them.

    If you’re thinking about using e-cigarettes, think about this first:

    E-cigarettes contain nicotine… and nicotine is addictive.

    Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and nicotine is addictive no matter what form it comes in. You could become addicted to nicotine from using e-cigarettes. Nicotine addiction can have negative effects on your brain’s development, which continues into your 20s. Plus, if you’re addicted to nicotine as a teenager, you’re more likely to be addicted as an adult. Also, there are concerns that using e-cigarettes may lead teens to start smoking regular cigarettes.

    There is no clear scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help you quit smoking.

    Some e-cigarette companies claim their products can help you quit smoking. But the truth is that the research on e-cigarettes for quitting smoking is limited, and the results are mixed. Until there is more research with convincing evidence, it’s best not to think of e-cigarettes as an aid for quitting smoking.

    E-cigarettes aren’t regulated.

    The Food and Drug Administration is the agency that makes sure food and medicines are safe in the United States. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate e-cigarettes yet, there’s no way to know for sure how much nicotine is in them or what other chemicals they contain. The safety of e-cigarettes is still not clear.

    The same companies that make cigarettes sell e-cigarettes.

    Big tobacco companies that sell popular cigarette brands are also selling e-cigarettes. To get teens to use e-cigarettes, they’re using the same marketing tactics they did in the past to get teens to smoke cigarettes and get hooked on nicotine. These marketing methods are now illegal for regular cigarettes, but not for e-cigarettes (yet).

    The bottom line on e-cigarettes? We just don’t know enough about their effects, so we don’t recommend you use them. If you’re trying to quit smoking, check out the quitSTART app and other ways to quit that are proven to be safe and effective.

    From: SmokeFree Teen

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    Drug Use & Abuse

    There are many drugs out there and, because many of these drugs are new, little research has been done about the effects of taking them.

    It is known that many of the drugs are being manufactured in home labs with no quality control standards. This means at the very least, dose levels may vary from tablet to tablet, and additional harmful ingredients may be added.

    Get the Facts First

    Taking drugs can be dangerous – not only because of the physical impact they can have on your body, but they can also limit your ability to set limits, be aware of your environment, and realize when you are in danger.

    The information below is provided to help you identify different types of drugs and their effects on one’s body. Because there are many risks involved with using drugs, it’s best to obtain the information now, and make an informed decision before you are placed in a situation where you will have to choose to take a drug or turn it down.

    What Really Happens

    Your brain produces chemicals that allow you to feel emotions: happiness, pain, anger, and depression. Some drugs input the chemical that causes a feeling of extreme euphoria. As you take more drugs, your brain receives so much of this “happy chemical” that it starts to create less of it.

    Therefore, without drugs, you feel constantly unhappy; you need the drug to feel joy. You are compelled to take more to attain that feeling. After a while, low-scale drugs like marijuana will no longer provide you with the joy you need, and you will find yourself yearning for more joy and moving on to more dangerous drugs such as crystal meth and cocaine.

    These are the makings of an addict. Why are drugs so detrimental? They result in a chemical process that you cannot control.

    The Big Question?

    There is no way to predict how drugs will affect you. It depends on the chemistry of your body. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, up to 75 percent of drug users become addicted. Is that a risk you are willing to take?

    Types of Drugs

    • Club & Date Rape Drugs

    • Chloral Hydrate
    • Ecstasy
    • Fentanyl
    • Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
    • Ketamine
    • Oxycodone
    • Rohypnol

     

    • Depressants

    • Barbiturates
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Quaaludes

     

    • Hallucinogens

    • Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)
    • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
    • Phencyclidine (PCP)
    • Peyote
    • Psilocybin

     

    • Inhalants

     

    • Marijuana

    • Marijuana Wetsticks

     

    • Narcotics

    • Codeine
    • Heroin
    • Morphine
    • Opium

    • Prescription Drugs

    • Steroids

    • Stimulants

    • Amphetamines
    • Caffeine
    • Cocaine
    • Diet Pills
    • Methamphetamine
    • Ritalin

    From: Sutter Health

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    Drug FAQs

    Drug use and abuse are complicated subjects, so it’s normal to have a lot of questions. Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.

    To find even more answers, on a larger range of topics, see how the Experts Weigh In.

    From: Above The Influence

    Are Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs dangerous?
    All drugs, regardless of whether they are illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter (available without a prescription), change the body’s function or chemistry and can be harmful. OTC drugs are available to the public with the understanding that they will be used only as directed and to treat a particular ailment.

    For example, the common pain reliever, ibuprofen (more commonly known as Advil), can cause kidney damage if taken for prolonged periods. Just like with any drug, overdoses from over-the-counter medication can occur. From 1999 to 2004, there was a seven-fold increase in cases related to the abuse of DXM reported to poison control centers nationwide. Most of these cases were among 15 and 16 year olds. The health risks of abusing OTC cough and cold remedies include impaired judgment, nausea, loss of coordination, headache, vomiting, loss of consciousness, numbness of fingers and toes, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, aches, seizures, panic attacks, psychosis, cold flashes, dizziness, diarrhea, addiction, restlessness, insomnia, high blood pressure, coma, and death.

    An overdose on over-the-counter drugs can vary greatly depending on what other drugs they are mixed with, the amount of drugs taken, and how they are taken. Some over-the-counter drugs can cause serious problems or even death if used incorrectly. The only safe way to take over-the-counter medications is exactly as directed on the bottle and to treat the symptoms for which they are intended.

    Are prescription drugs dangerous?
    ALL drugs are chemicals that affect the body. But some people don’t realize that prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs can be equally as dangerous as street drugs. The very reason prescription drugs require a prescription from a doctor is because they are powerful substances and need to be regulated and taken under a physician’s care to ensure that patients take them safely.

    Even if a person is prescribed a medication, taking more of that drug, or taking it more often than recommended, is dangerous. The most recent research on deaths in the U.S. due to unintentional poisoning over a five-year period shows that nearly all poisoning deaths are attributed to prescription and illegal drugs. Prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone account for the greatest percentage of deaths from prescription drugs.

    Side effects of prescription drugs, including painkillers, depressants, and stimulants, include respiratory depression, dizziness, slurred speech, poor concentration, feelings of confusion, increased heart rate and breathing, excessive sweating, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, hostility and aggression, suicidal and homicidal tendencies, convulsions, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, nausea and vomiting, apathy, heart attacks, addiction, coma, and death.

    Prescription drugs can also be addictive. Between 1995 and 2005, treatment admissions for abuse of prescription pain relievers grew more than 300 percent.

    Additionally, getting prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal and may subject a person to arrest and prosecution. Regardless of how you acquire a prescription medication, using these types of drugs without a valid prescription and medical supervision is unsafe and illegal.

    I know a few “straight A” students and famous people who use marijuana and they seem to do OK. What’s that about?
    Marijuana affects everyone differently. Some people seem to be able to use it for a while, while others experience negative consequences and can get hooked early on. Remember, we never know when addiction actually starts, and a person’s genetics seem to play a major role, meaning that some people get addicted much faster than others. The bottom line is that no matter how in control someone may seem, there are chemical changes occurring in his or her brain, and sooner or later, it can affect his or her ability to perform mentally and physically.

    What other brain changes occur with abuse?
    Chronic exposure to drugs of abuse disrupts the way critical brain structures interact to control behavior—behavior specifically related to drug abuse. Just as continued abuse may lead to tolerance or the need for higher drug dosages to produce an effect, it may also lead to addiction, which can drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively. Drug addiction erodes a person’s self-control and ability to make sound decisions, while sending intense impulses to take drugs.

    How does long-term drug use affect brain circuits?
    We know that the same sort of mechanisms involved in the development of tolerance can eventually lead to profound changes in neurons and brain circuits, with the potential to severely compromise the long-term health of the brain. For example, glutamate is another neurotransmitter that influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the brain attempts to compensate for this change, which can cause impairment in cognitive function. Similarly, long-term drug abuse can trigger adaptations in habit or nonconscious memory systems. Conditioning is one example of this type of learning, whereby environmental cues become associated with the drug experience and can trigger uncontrollable cravings if the individual is later exposed to these cues, even without the drug itself being available. This learned “reflex” is extremely robust and can emerge even after many years of abstinence.

    What happens to your brain if you keep taking drugs?
    Just as we turn down the volume on a radio that is too loud, the brain adjusts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine (and other neurotransmitters) by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of receptors that can receive and transmit signals. When some drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do. As a result, dopamine’s impact on the reward circuit of a drug abuser’s brain can become abnormally low, and the ability to experience any pleasure is reduced. This is why the abuser eventually feels flat, lifeless, and depressed, and is unable to enjoy things that previously brought them pleasure. Now, they need to take drugs just to bring their dopamine function back up to normal. And, they must take larger amounts of the drug than they first did to create the dopamine high—an effect known as tolerance.

    How does stimulation of the brain’s pleasure circuit teach us to keep taking drugs?
    Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way.

    How do drugs work in the brain to produce pleasure?
    All drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this system, which rewards our natural, life-sustaining behaviors, produces the euphoric effects sought by people who abuse drugs and teaches them to repeat the behavior.

    Are there reasons other than physical addiction why people taking drugs?
    Some people keep taking drugs because they become addicted to them. They want more—in fact, they feel like they need more. Eventually, trying to get drugs becomes the most important thing in their lives—using up their time, money, and energy, and hurting people they’re close to.

    However, those people who don’t become addicted to drugs may continue to use drugs for the same reasons they started, including feeling bored or wanting to fit in with a particular group, even though drugs aren’t helping them. But whatever the reason, these people need to find healthy and constructive ways to be happy without drugs. They can do this by finding friends who share similar interests, finding healthy activities that make them happy, talking with people about their concerns, and finding friends who enjoy their company when they are not altered by drugs and alcohol.

    If drug addiction is a disease, is there a cure?
    There is no cure for drug addiction, but it is a treatable disease. Drug addicts can and do recover, but they must always be aware of their addiction and work to never fall into addiction again, which is a lifelong process. Drug addiction therapy uses behavior change or modification and sometimes includes medications that assist the user in refraining from drugs or alcohol. Like people with diabetes or heart disease, people in treatment for drug addiction learn behavioral changes that may be assisted with medications that they need to sustain for the rest of their lives. In other words, drug addicts do get better and can work to permanently refrain from drug use. Scientists know that prolonged abstinence from certain drugs allows some of the drug-induced brain changes to reverse. But addicts have to change their lifestyles and learn how to cope with the world—and they may always have to combat the urge to use drugs. It is not easy!

    How many times does someone have to take a drug to become an addict?
    No one knows. A person’s genetic makeup plays a role. That’s why some people seem to get addicted almost immediately, but for others, it takes more time. There is a lot we still don’t know about who becomes addicted and why, and after how much drug exposure. We do know that each person is different, so it’s a little like playing a game of chance if you choose to use drugs. But, if you do, the earlier you stop, the more likely you will be to avoid addiction and the harmful brain changes that lead to it.

    Here’s the science behind it: With repeated drug use, dopamine function in a drug abuser’s brain becomes abnormal. Because dopamine is involved in feelings of pleasure and motivation, the person feels flat, lifeless, and depressed when they are not taking the drug. Without drugs, an abuser’s life seems joyless. Now the abuser needs drugs just to bring dopamine levels up to normal levels. They need it just to get them close to where they were before they even tried drugs in the first place. Larger amounts of the drug are needed to create a dopamine flood or high, an effect known as tolerance.

    By abusing drugs, the addicted person has changed the way his or her brain works. Drug abuse and addiction lead to long-term changes in the brain. These changes cause addicted drug users to lose the ability to control their drug use. Drug addiction is a disease.

    Can you get addicted even though you only do it once in a while?
    No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I’m going to be an addict.” Addiction is a process – not an event. Most people who start using drugs do so with the intention of only using once or occasionally. But drugs affect the brain, so even with only occasional use, changes are happening that could lead to addiction. The “occasional” use of drugs can quickly change to frequent use and then to constant use. No one knows when the “chemical switch” goes off in your brain or who will get addicted. It’s a little like playing Russian Roulette—you just never know. The only thing we do know is that if you don’t do drugs, you definitely won’t get addicted.

    What are the long-term effects of drug use?
    It depends on the drug, but all drugs can cause negative health effects and can lead to addiction.

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.

    Individuals who suffer from addiction often have one or more accompanying medical issues, including lung and cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, mental disorders, and obesity; and drug use can also make them susceptible to contracting HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases. Imaging scans, chest x-rays, and blood tests show the damaging effects of drug abuse throughout the body. In addition, some drugs are toxic to nerve cells and may damage or destroy them either in the brain or the peripheral nervous system.

    Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or for prolonged periods of time. However, some may occur after just one use.

    In addition to health effects like those described above, drugs can also have negative social consequences that can really hurt people—being unreliable, forgetting things, telling lies, stealing money for drugs, sometimes even getting violent with people they love. Their biggest ambition becomes getting high.

    While addiction may result from any drug use, there are unique health effects for each drug.

    What are short-term effects of drug use?
    “Drugs are chemicals. Every drug is different, but generally, drugs interfere with your nervous system’s basic functions. They work by tapping into the brain’s communication system and interfering with the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, can activate brain neurons because their chemical structures act like natural neurotransmitters that are found in the brain. This similarity in structure “fools” receptors and allows the drugs to lock onto and activate the nerve cells. Although these drugs mimic brain chemicals, they don’t activate nerve cells in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being transmitted through the network.

    Other drugs, such as amphetamines or cocaine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters or prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals, which is needed to shut off the signal between neurons. This disruption produces a greatly amplified message, ultimately disrupting communication channels. The difference in effect can be described as the difference between someone whispering into your ear and someone shouting into a microphone.”

    From the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s “Drugs and the Brain.”

    This is what causes the user to feel different — the signals coming and going from the brain have been altered from the way that they naturally function, leading people to have unfamiliar sensations. This can cause temporary euphoria. But it can also cause hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, and uncontrolled behavior. It can also affect your muscles and how they function because the signals from your brain that control your movements can be altered. This can cause your respiratory (lungs) and cardiovascular (heart) systems to malfunction or fail.

    Some abused substances, such as glue or butane, can cause immediate death. Cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine can give even a healthy person a heart attack on the spot.

    In addition to these mental, behavioral, and health-related effects, drugs also have social consequences. These can include lying to and losing the trust of friends and family; performing poorly in school; quitting academic, athletic, or social activities; losing self-control, making bad decisions like drugged or drunk driving; getting pregnant; becoming violent or placing yourself at risk to be a victim of violence; and abandoning old friendships in order to be around people who also use drugs.

    What do drugs make you feel like?
    Depending on the drug, some people might say they feel pleasant or relaxed. However, in many cases, these feelings may be followed by even more powerful sensations, such as depression, anxiety, nausea, confusion, lack of control, paranoia, guilt, embarrassment, hangovers, loneliness, and cravings for more drugs. People who use drugs to have fun or to forget their problems may never really learn how to find things in their lives that truly make them fulfilled or find ways to cope with difficulties, and they may keep returning to drugs because they haven’t learned other ways to be happy.

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    re-printed from inspiremalibu.com

    October Is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
    Drug abuse prevention is the most effective method of reducing the emotional and financial toll that results from illicit drug use and addiction. In 2011, the government designated October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in order to raise awareness and lessen the stigma surrounding these issues, especially as it concerns country’s population of kids and adolescents.
    Early intervention and education are not just “feel good” catchphrases; they really work at reducing the cost the U.S. pays in treating victims of substance abuse and the disease of addiction. Research has shown that for every dollar invested in school-based substance use prevention programs, there is a potential savings of $4 in health care costs and $7 in law enforcement and other criminal justice costs.

    The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports the following facts about drug and alcohol abuse:
    *Approximately 25 million Americans, age 12 and older, are current illicit drug users
    *In 2013, an estimated 8.7 million people, or nearly 23 percent of individuals aged 12 to 20, reported drinking alcohol during the past month
    *In 2012, alcohol was a factor in approximately 31 percent of deaths from motor vehicle accidents

    More than 17 million Americans, aged 12 and older, are classified as dependent on or abusing alcohol
    Prevention aimed at teenagers is particularly important due to the process the brain is going through at this time in life.
    Neuroscience studies have discovered that the brain is going through a complex development process during adolescence, which lasts until around the age of 25. Evidence suggests that the young prefrontal cortex of the brain, the region responsible for making judgments, is one of the reasons teens are at risk for experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Abuse during this time can have a lifelong effect on the brain’s ability to control impulses.

    The earlier a person uses drugs or alcohol, the more likely they are to develop addiction to drugs or alcohol. In fact, NCADD reports that children who use drugs or alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol or drug dependence and addiction issues.

    Individuals, adolescents included, with substance abuse problems can also suffer from a dual diagnosis, which is the presence of a mental health condition, like depression or anxiety, along with addiction. Some studies suggest that as many six in 10 people with substance abuse disorder have a mental illness. This can be particularly challenging because regardless of which came first, both conditions make the other worse. Treatment must address both issues in order for a person to gain a strong foothold in recovery.

    What is Dual Diagnosis?

    There are many excellent healthcare professionals and volunteers dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public on the problems of drug abuse in our nation. While October is designated as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, there is no bad time to dedicate resources that are necessary in teaching both pre-teens and adolescents alike about the harmful consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.

    Taking a moment to teach, volunteer, learn more about addiction, or reach out to someone you think might need help during the month of October can help save lives.

    If you have a friend with a drug problem, or if you are worried that you might have a drug problem, there is a confidential, 24 hour/7 days a week helpline, SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

    Know Someone Who May Be Abusing A Child Because Of Drugs?

    Childhelp Hotline

    The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline helps to stop and prevent child abuse. Childhelp reaches United States, its territories, and Canada; 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, completely confidential and calls are kept anonymous. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. Professional crisis counselors work with interpreters to provide assistance in more than 170 languages.

    Call us at 1-800-422-4453

    www.childhelp.org

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    Teen Drug Abuse and the Heroin Epidemic

    In conjunction with National Drug Abuse Prevention Month, we’ve republished this article by summer intern Megan Flint, which gives an overview of one of the greatest drug problems in our nation: heroin addiction.

    All around the country, there is an epidemic going on in high schools. This epidemic is related to drug use, specifically heroin. So many high schoolers are getting addicted to heroin. But why?

    There is an epidemic in the United States of people using prescription drugs illegally, and getting addicted to them. This epidemic is not limited to adults. Plenty of high school students get hooked on prescription pills, such as painkillers and stimulants. Initially, they start doing the drugs to get high. But when they do the drugs enough times, they get used to the feeling.

    Although they get used to the high that the prescription drugs give them, they still crave that high that they were looking for and crave something stronger. So they go looking for harder drugs. One drug that is often way too easy to find is heroin, which is often the most accessible for many teenagers.

    When people get addicted to drugs, it is common for their lives to be destroyed. Their entire world begins to revolve around getting high, and they’ll do just about anything to get the drugs they need, from stealing from loved ones to getting into prostitution. They also tend to become different people when they get high. Someone who is usually calm and quiet might become boisterous and lose their temper easily. While this might not sound so bad on paper, in reality it often manifests as becoming someone who doesn’t care about their loved ones, who yells in the faces of people they love, and who loses interest in the things that used to bring them joy.

    Heroin is dangerous. It morphs people into totally different personalities than they had been. It ruins lives as people lose interest in anything but getting the drugs that will lead them to their next high. It robs people of the ability to be functioning members of society. Getting sober isn’t easy either. The person going through rehabilitation needs to be 100% committed.

    One of the reasons heroin is so dangerous is because it is not a drug that you can do a few times here and there and be fine after. Addiction happens quickly, often after the first time trying it. Heroin is not a drug that can be done on occasion, at parties on the weekend with no getting high during the week. It simply doesn’t work that way, and people need to know that. It is instantly addicting, and very dangerous.

    If someone offers you a chance to try heroin, say no, no matter who is offering it. It may seem like fitting in is the most important thing right now, but truly, the most important thing is to set yourself up for a good future, and heroin won’t provide that.

    If you have a friend with a drug problem, or if you are worried that you might have a drug problem, there is a confidential, 24 hour/7 days a week helpline, SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

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    Heroin in High Schools

    All around the country, there is an epidemic going on in high schools. This epidemic is related to drug use, specifically heroin. So many high schoolers are getting addicted to heroin. But why?

    There is an epidemic in the United States of people using prescription drugs illegally, and getting addicted to them. This epidemic is not limited to adults. Plenty of high school students get hooked on prescription pills, such as painkillers and stimulants. Initially, they start doing the drugs to get high. But when they do the drugs enough times, they get used to the feeling.

    Although they get used to the high that the prescription drugs give them, they still crave that high that they were looking for. So they go looking for harder drugs. One drug that is often way too easy to find is heroin. Cocaine and ecstasy are also easy to find, but heroin is the most accessible for many teenagers.

    When people get addicted to drugs, it is common for their lives to be destroyed. Their entire world begins to revolve around getting high, and they’ll do just about anything to get the drugs they need, from stealing from loved ones to getting into prostitution. They also tend to become different people when they get high. Someone who is usually calm and quiet might become boisterous and lose their temper easily. While this might not sound so bad on paper, in reality it often manifests as becoming someone who doesn’t care about their loved ones, who yells in the faces of people they love, and who loses interest in the things that used to bring them joy.

    Heroin is dangerous. It morphs people into totally different personalities than they had been. It ruins lives as people lose interest in anything but getting the drugs that will lead them to their next high. It robs people of the ability to be functioning people in society. Getting sober isn’t easy either. The person going through rehabilitation needs to be 100% committed, or it will not work. The process is long and involves serious withdrawal effects which are really difficult to go through.

    One of the reasons heroin is so dangerous is because it is not a drug that you can do a few times here and there and be fine after. Addiction happens quickly, often after the first time trying it. Heroin is not a drug that can be done at parties on the weekend with no getting high during the week. It just doesn’t work that way. Some people don’t realize this, though, and think that they can do it on the weekends and be fine otherwise. It simply doesn’t work that way, and people need to know that.

    If someone offers you a chance to try heroin, say no, no matter who is offering it. It may seem like fitting in is the most important thing right now, but truly, the most important thing is to set yourself up for a good future, and heroin won’t provide that.

    Written by Megan Flint.