10 Ways Heroin Addiction is Really Bad for You


Heroin use is on the rise in the United States and there are some terrifying numbers that go along with that rise.  Between 2001 and 2013 the number of heroin overdoses has nearly quintupled.  It is safe to say that heroin is bad for you, but you may not have known these side effects were possible with heroin use.

Your teeth will suffer

As users lose control of their lives to heroin, basic hygiene begins to suffer.  This lack of hygiene takes a toll on your mouth and can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.

You will get sores all over your skin

The abuse of heroin and other opiate based substances can lead to excessive itching.  This itching can become obsessive and lead to sores on the skin.

You will be more likely to get sick

Using heroin can wreak havoc on your immune system.  This lowered immunity can leave you susceptible to any infection that may be going around.  Common colds can regularly last for weeks without a healthy immune system to fight off the infection.

You will get plugged up

One of the major side effects of opiate use is severe constipation.  This constipation can cause abdominal pain and cramping.  Many people placed on medical opioid treatment programs require the assistance of prescription medication to help relieve constipation.

You will start to look like death

Preoccupation with heroin or other substances that come along with addiction can lead to changes to physical appearance.  Poor diet can lead to malnourishment and leave addicts looking extremely frail and ill.

You will have trouble sleeping

While heroin use can cause users to pass out, insomnia is often a side effect of opiate use.

You will get depressed

Because heroin alters the body’s production of neurotransmitters, excessive use can lead to chemical imbalances that can cause depression.

You will have memory problems

While your brain adjusts to the increased number of opioid receptors, heroin users will suffer from noticeable memory loss

You will become isolated

Heroin induced depression and anxiety can lead users to isolate themselves.  This isolation can increase feelings of depression leading to a vicious cycle.

Your liver and kidneys will struggle

Your liver and kidneys function as the filter for your body.  Overwhelming them by introducing the toxins found in heroin can put an undue strain on your organs.


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