Despite its long-standing reputation as a highly-addictive drug, millions of Americans from every socio-economic layer have now become acquainted with the deadly effects of heroin. Because heroin use is so widespread, it is important that we become familiar with its signs, and understand how to proceed if we should encounter it. Here are the essential facts:
It starts with a shoulder injury from a rough football game. Or maybe it was a broken leg in lacrosse practice. These injuries inevitably come with painkillers, which have been found to be extremely powerful not only in helping with pain, but also in becoming hooked. One study showed that people who abuse painkillers like OxyContin are 19 times more likely to start using heroin.1 Herein lies the truth of addiction: it is a slippery slope and one that can easily spiral out of control.