Print Posted by Ken Benson on 09/08/2016

Heroin Information

Heroin Information

Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from the poppy plant that has effects extending far beyond the user.  Once believed by many to be a drug used only by a limited number of people, heroin use has begun to increase after decades of little or no increased use.

Heroin abuse and dependence is implicated in a number of medical and social consequences, including hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, effects on the developing fetus, crime, violence, severe disruptions of families, and economic impacts due to lost wages and theft.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (N.I.D.A.), Heroin abuse costs the economy billions of dollars a year.

Recent Increase In Use

Since 2007 Heroin use has seen a sharp increase.  This is in large part due to individuals seeking a cheaper alternative to prescription pain killers.  It's availability has increase dramatically as large international drug cartels see potential profits.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abue

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More About Ken Benson

Ken is passionate about substance abuse education.  With over 10 years experience in the addiction treatment field, Ken brings his experience to the team at Rehabs America.  Ken's articles cover the entire spectrum of substance abuse with careful attention to research and providing the cutting edge in addiction treatment information.

After watching his sister battle addiction Ken became convinced that treating addiction on a national scale begins with education.  Ken has delivered drug education lectures to schools and community groups across the country. Today he is working towards a masters degree in social work.

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