Heroin is dangerous and, oh, so popular

Heroin is one of the most abused drugs in the world claiming thousands of lives.

First off, heroin addiction symptoms include:

Shortness of breath.

Dry mouth.


Constricted (pin point) pupils.

Cycles of hyper-alertness.

Droopy appearance.

How do you know if your loved one is most likely using? Look for burned silver spoons, needles/syringes, aluminum foil (or straws) with burn marks, small plastic bags with white or brownish residue inside.

Many addicts think about quitting but are afraid of what will happen if they try.

Common symptoms might include:

Heroin cravings.



Severe muscle and/or bone aches.

Extreme sweating.



Cold sweats and/or chills.



While most people are aware that heroin is illegal, plenty more details are associated with it. This is not a localized problem; over the past decade, people from one side of the world to the next, have died as a result of a heroin overdose. Surviving an overdose is possible depending on a number of factors. Studies have shown that death occurs within three hours of using the drug so quick medical help is essential. The majority of the world’s heroin (93%) is produced in Afghanistan; however, most of the heroin in the United States comes from South America.

Nearly one out of five people who check into treatment in the United States are addicted to heroin. The majority of heroin abusers must go through detox before they begin with a long-term treatment program. Remember the symptoms list for quitting? Yes, they will go through some or all of those! Treatment will consist of detox, medications for the treatment of heroin addiction and behavioral therapy in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. Quitting heroin is not easy, but it’s being done! If you know (or more likely suspect) someone who is struggling and trying to quit, encourage them to seek professional help to give them the best chance to overcome their addiction to heroin.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. Its website is and it has a Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. The board’s funded hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.

Nancy A. Cochran,

executive director