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FAQs on Heroin Addiction & the Great New Hampshire Anti-Heroin Organisation

How Long Does Heroin Stay in the body?


Heroin does not have a long half-life and can be detected in the following manner, depending on which test you take.

  • In urine, it lasts between 2-7 days.
  • In blood or saliva, it can be detected anywhere between six hours to two days.
  • Hair follicles show traces of heroin up to 3 months since using.


Can I be addicted to heroin after using the first time?


It is not possible to be completely addicted to a drug after use for the first time. However, those that try heroin are much more likely to become addicted to it eventually. Your brain and nervous system will become dependent on the drug and its chemical effects long-term.


Why is heroin so dangerous?


Heroin is created from morphine, a painkiller, which stimulates excessive feelings of happiness and euphoria. This makes users vulnerable to cravings and over time, leads to full-blown addiction. It is particularly dangerous because a heroin overdose can result in slowed heart rate and respiration to life-threatening levels. Heroin addicts are at risk of severe health consequences like unconsciousness and death.


Is heroin abuse or addiction common?


Every year, drug abuse and addiction are on the rise as Americans continue to experiment with dangerous chemicals. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), heroin availability and use is increasing substantially among those 18 years and older. This might be due to tight regulations for prescription painkillers and their steep pricing. Heroin is a cheaper and easily available option for many to treat long-term pain or for recreation.


How does withdrawal happen?


Withdrawal is a term given to a series of symptoms seen in drug users when they suddenly reduce or completely stop their intake of the drug. The process and symptoms experienced can vary depending on which type of drug it is but it can last for a few days or weeks. For instance, heroin results in withdrawal symptoms including but not limited to vomiting, tremors, poor coordination, depression, anxiety, muscle pain, nausea, etc.


How do you describe detoxification, or “detox”?


Detoxification occurs when a drug addict or abuser goes through the process of purging their body of a drug while experiencing withdrawal. This is typically described as the first step towards treatment and recovery.


Are effective treatments available for heroin addiction?


Heroin addiction requires serious treatment with a combination of prolonged behavioral therapy and medication. Treatment is customized for the individual and can vary based on the extent of addiction. If you recognize the symptoms of dependency and abuse, call the New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line (1-844-711-HELP (4357)) as a first step to understand what type of treatment would be beneficial for the person concerned, the alternatives available and the nearest local services.


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