Wisconsin Heroin Abuse Growing
The rising availability and abuse of heroin are growing problems in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the Milwaukee region. Milwaukee is a major destination for heroin in the state and has become a primary transshipment point for various types of heroin to other Wisconsin cities. While heroin activity in large Wisconsin cities like Milwaukee and Madison is widespread, many rural areas of Wisconsin are now experiencing the destructive power of heroin abuse. Paired with the recent surge in popularity of prescription drug abuse around the state, especially Oxycontin, heroin is now considered a less expensive alternative.
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Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive substance that is one of the most potent and abused drugs in the world. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain types of poppy plants. Heroin is usually injected, but can also be snorted, sniffed or smoked. Intravenous injection provides the most potent and fastest working high, and usually takes only 7-8 seconds to kick in. Although smoking and snorting heroin do not produce the same intense high as through injection, it still can be extremely addictive and dangerous.
Long Term Affects of Heroin Abuse
Long term heroin abuse comes with many long term risks such as addiction, dependency, and disease. Long term heroin use comes with a high risk of catching dangerous blood borne diseases such as hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. One of the most detrimental long term effects of abusing heroin is addiction and dependency. Because heroin can often produce profound degrees of tolerance, the individual will continue to need more and more of the drug to get the same effects. This can be very dangerous to the user and can result in overdose and physical dependency.
Physical dependence develops with higher doses of the drug, where the body begins to adapt to the presence of heroin and begins to depend on the heroin to function normally. Without the presence of the drug, the body will not be able to function normally and strong withdrawal symptoms are likely to set it. Withdrawal symptoms, also known as "Dope Sickness," may occur within a few hours after taking the drug and typically include insomnia, restlessness, bone and muscle pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps.
Suboxone For Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Suboxone was created specifically for individuals suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms associated with an opiate addiction. Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains the powerful drug Buprenorphine which helps to neutralize opiate sickness and give the patient much needed relief from these symptoms. Wisconsin Suboxone treatment is usually combined with other effective addiction treatments such as behavioral counseling and addiction therapy. Suboxone is effective on any opiate based drug addiction including heroin, oxycontin, vicodin, percocet, codeine, and morphine.
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