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Heroin



GET THE FACTS ...

Heroin Affects Your Brain. Heroin use can cause violent, erratic or paranoid behavior. For many users, every day is a struggle to get heroin. They may have forgotten what life is like without it, and suffer a complete disregard for moral values.

Heroin Affects Your Body. People who use heroin often suffer from sleepiness, slow shallow breathing, loss of appetite and loss of sexual desire. Users have an increasing need for the drug, needing more and more heroin to feel the same effects.

Heroin Affects Your Emotions. Heroin belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotics, which produce a general sense of well-being by reducing tension, anxiety and agression. Some of the unwanted emorional effects include dorwsiness, inability to concentrate and apathy.

Heroin is Addictive. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in use today, just one use can cause addiction. Users can spend thousands of dollars on heroin each week and will do anything to support the habbit. Many turn to crime or selling drugs. Once addicted it is almost impossible to break the habit. Only 1 in 10 heroin addicts make it out and get clean.

Heroin Can Kill You. Heroin use can cause brain damage and respiratory and cardiac arrest.

BEFORE YOU RISK IT ...

Know the Law. Heroin - in any form - is illegal.

Stay Informed. Heroin comes in many forms. Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste. It can very in color from white to dark brown depending on the amount of impurities left in the manufacture. Another form of heroin known as "black tar" is alos becoming more available and deadly. It may be sticky like tar or hard like coal. Heroin is used in lots of different ways - injected, "snorted" through the nose, smoked, or swallowed in capsule form.

Know the Risks. Combining heroine with other drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous. The effects of one drug can magnify the effects of another, and mixing substances can be deadly. Even first-time heroin users can have fatal heart attacks.


Be Aware. Heroin is expensive. An ounce of heroin can cost $2,500-5,000.

Stay in Control. Heroine impairs your judgement which may lead to unwise decisions around sexual activity. This can increase your risk for HIV/AIDS, other diseases, rape, and unplanned pregnancy.

Look Around You. The vast majority of teens aren't using heroin.

KNOW THE SIGNS ...

How can you tell if a friend is using heroin? Sometimes it's tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If your friend has one or more of the following warning signs, he or she may be using cocaine or other illicit drugs:
  • Dry skin, watery eyes
  • Lethargic, run down
  • Scars or tracks over veins in inner arms
  • Flushed neck, face or chest
  • Contstricted pupils
  • Depressed, anxious, restless
  • Unable to sleep
What can you do to help someone who is using heroin? Be a real friend. Save a life. Encourage your friend to seek professional help. For information and referrals, call the  National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 800.729.6686.

HEROIN IN CONNECTICUT

Demand for heroin is high and easily accessible. Popularity of heroin is due, in part, to increased availability of low cost, high purity heroin that can be effectively snorted or smoked rather than injected. Abuse remains widespread, affecting both suburban and urban areas. Connecticut-based Puerto Rican and other Hispanic criminal groups are the dominant transporters and wholesale and mid-level distributors of heroin in the state. Heroin is sold on the street in small bags with some type of marking or "brand name" on the package. The heroin is primarily being transported into Connecticut from New York City, usually entering the region via one of the major interstates in cars equipped with hidden hydraulic compartments or "traps." Large quantities of heroin arrive in the state via shipping services such as UPS and via airplane by way of human couriers.

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