Texas Heroin Addiction
Because Texas is in such close proximity to Mexico, and the Gulf Coast, Texas has long been a major drug smuggling and transshipment point dominated by Mexican and other South American drug cartels. And one of the most significant drugs threats facing Texas today is the large influx of Mexican black tar heroin in the state. Black Tar heroin has become increasingly available, especially in North Texas. The Dallas Forth Worth area is now widely considered one of the countries largest heroin distribution points for heroin shipped all over the United States.
In recent years, other Texas cities like Houston and San Antonio have reported significant increases not only in heroin related activity, but heroin related deaths as well. Heroin is usually carried across the border by couriers or sent through shipping companies like UPS and US Mail. Heroin availability has shot up over the last 5 years in many areas all across Texas as evidenced by the increase in seizures and the steady decline of heroin prices.
Risks of Using Heroin
There are many short term and long term risks associated with using heroin. One of the largest risks associated with using heroin is the possibility of a fatal overdose. Because it’s nearly impossible to know the purity of the heroin you’re using, it is not uncommon for people to use too much and overdose. Heroin is also dangerous because heroin sold on the street is mixed with various other substances, sometimes even poisonous ones. Because 100% heroin would normally kill you after one dose, heroin needs to be mixed with several other compounds to be ingested by the body. However, many of these other compounds can be dangerous to the user and even contain poisonous compounds like strychnine.
Long term heroin use is riddled by heroin addiction and dependency. Heroin addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use. Heroin addiction is also characterized by neurochemical and molecular changes in the brain known as heroin dependency. Heroin dependency takes place when the body has become so used to the influx of heroin in the body, that it no longer functions normally without the drug. The brain is no longer able to create powerful pain relieving endorphins without the drug and painful withdrawal symptoms are likely to set it. Withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 24 to one week, sometimes longer. Withdrawal symptoms can be moderate to severe and can be a major stumbling block for users trying to quit heroin.
Suboxone For Heroin Withdrawal
Suboxone is a prescription medication that is effective for treating heroin withdrawal symptoms associated with an opiate addiction. Suboxone, also known as Subutex, contains the powerful drug Buprenorphine which helps to ease withdrawal symptoms and aid the body to a full detox. Texas Suboxone treatment is effective on any opiate based addiction including heroin, oxycontin, oxycodone, vicodin, percocet and morphine. Suboxone is often combined with other addiction treatments such as behavioral therapy and drug counseling.
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