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District of Columbia Heroin Addictions Increasing

District of Columbia Heroin AddictionThe Nation’s capital has long been plagued by a wide variety of drug problems, most notably for violence associated with crack cocaine distribution.  However, with a large recent influx of heroin from South America and Asia, heroin and other opiate based narcotics are becoming a major problem in Washington D.C.  Although Washington D.C. does not contain near the number of heroin addicts that nearby metropolitan Baltimore does, it is still the home of long-term users who frequent various open-air drug markets around the city.

These markets are located along commuter routes into the city where dealers peddle high purity heroin to suburban users, and long-term addicts living in and around the city.  In Washington D.C., heroin is sold under various street brand names and are packaged primarily in small, colored or marked Ziploc bags.  With the wide availability of high purity heroin and other opiate based prescription drugs in Washington D.C. there is no doubt that this problem is only going to get worse before it gets better.

Overcoming a Heroin Addiction

A heroin addiction is one of the most painful and destructive addictions in the world.  Heroin, a semi-synthetic form of morphine produced from the poppy plant, is estimated to be one of the most addictive substances known to man.  Because most forms of heroin need to be injected either into a muscle or directly into a vein, this makes heroin a lot more dangerous than many other addictive drugs.  Injecting heroin intravenously also puts the user at a higher risk for infection, as well as possible overdose.  While a mistake of a few milligrams in an oral dose won’t make that much of a difference, the same mistake taken intravenously could be fatal.

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Heroin Dependency and Withdrawal

What also makes heroin so dangerous is it's high risk of physical dependency.  Physical dependence happens when the body adapts to the presence of the drug and severe withdrawal symptoms can occur if use has stopped abruptly.  Symptoms of withdrawal include restlessness, vomiting, bone or muscle pain, diarrhea, insomnia, elevated heart rate, cold flashes, and leg movements.  Withdrawal symptoms peak between 24 and 48 hours and can last about a week.

One of the best ways to fight heroin and other opiate withdrawal symptoms is to seek a treatment that can help ease these symptoms as well as detoxify the body in the process. And one of the best treatments for heroin withdrawal and heroin detox available today is a prescription drug known as Suboxone.

Suboxone for Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to help decrease the difficulty of getting over an opiate addiction.  Suboxone helps to ease the entire withdrawal process by making withdrawal symptoms less severe so that the user has a better chance of kicking the addiction.  Suboxone doesn't only work for heroin addictions but also for any opiate based prescription drug addiction such as oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, codeine, vicodin, and percocet.

Seek Help for a Opiate Addiction in Washington, D.C.

Formal treatment will be needed to assess whether suboxone is right for you. To find a suboxone doctor in your area please take a look at our Washington D.C. suboxone directory.

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