Pure Heroin….Addiction

Nina Russell and Krissie Byers

Heroin is not a Heroine. It becomes an addiction that pokes you. Many people that do this drug are not very sharp. People who say heroin should be legal do not have any substance. I snort at people who pressure others into it. All puns aside, it is a dangerous drug.

Heroin overdoses claim more and more lives every year. People are getting hooked on the drug at younger and younger ages, especially suburban teens. Heroin addiction drags lives down to a ruinous state: physically, emotionally, and financially. Once people use the drug, they become addicted almost immediately. A high amount of heroin addicts report that they regret trying the drug in the first place, as well as other gateway drugs that led them to trying heroin. More and more teens from America are trying heroin every day, and countries such as Mexico are the ones supplying the drug. Mexico has seen a huge increase in heroin production to meet the demand. This is from 7 metric tons in 2002 to 50 metric tons in 2012, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. The supply ensures the drug makes it across the United States.

More children each year are coming into contact with illegal drugs. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more than 9.5% of teens in the US were current illegal drug users. In 2008, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported that daily marijuana use among college students had doubled, and use of cocaine and heroin was on the rise as well.

Heroin addicts are not as obvious as they used to be, as well as other drug addicts. People do not see drug users passed out in alleys or on streets any more. Drug users could be anyone, anywhere. These people could bear none of the common traces of heroin use, such as needle marks on his arm. Since heroin is available in various forms that are easier to consume and more affordable, heroin today is more tempting than ever.

Heroin gives users a “euphoric high,” followed by an intense physical withdrawal that addicts describe as ten times worse than the flu. To avoid the symptoms of withdrawal, the heroin addict structures his or her life around getting the next dose.

We are experiencing an epidemic of drug and heroin addicts today, now more than ever. Children at younger ages are being affected by the drug, and most times, it’s not noticeable. To stop this drug problem, we are had an assembly at this school, and other schools around America to ask teens to take a stand against drug abuse and heroin addiction.

At the assembly, we heard many viewpoints and heart wrenching stories on the dangers of heroin, prescription pills, and other drugs. These came from the mouths of heroin addicts themselves as well as family members of deceased heroin addicts. Most of the stories consist of a good person, who does well in school, starting with prescription drugs and gradually advancing until he becomes addicted to heroin. A tragedy strikes that almost takes his life and the view on drugs changes forever. By the way, it’s more touching when they actually tell the story.  The effect on the parents, friends, children, etc. of the heroin addict is great. The effect on the user himself is greater.

Heroin addiction can happen to anyone. Don’t try it. Not even once.