Heroin has two outcomes… death or death unless?

Heroin in my opinion is the most insidious drug commonly available in major cities across the nation.  It’s popular among the younger crowd (14-24).  Heroin is NOT recreational.  I’ve been told by my adult children, that buying heroin is easier and cheaper in price than a 6-pack of beer here in the Chicago area.  That’s sad and scary if you are a parent.

Heroin has few outcomes.  Sadly one of the outcomes of using heroin without treatment is DEATH.  Yes DEATH.  Death is due to overdosing; and without the drug narcan when experiencing an overdose, your respiratory and cardiac processes will begin to shutdown causing death.  Narcan is a miracle drug and if administered during an overdose will revive the addict within minutes.  But even when revived one may experience physical damage to their body.  My son was paralyzed from the waist down due to the way he laid while he overdosed.  He had cut off the blood supply to his legs thus destroying many of the nerves in his legs making him unable to use his legs.   After a year he recovered in large part, but now carries the mental scars.

Another outcome of heroin addiction is destruction of any and all safety nets such as: parents, friends, doctors.  And as the safety nets disappear, you lose everything.  This leads to homelessness where often one must beg for money to get their fix… while they inhabit dangerous dwellings.  This can go on for years, but ultimately one accidentally or on purpose overdoses and dies.  They are often revived, only to repeat the cycle until they die.

Unless heroin addicts get treatment, they are going to die.  There’s no real alternative.  Eventually you will overdose and die.  And if the heroin wasn’t enough, now fentanyl laces increasingly more heroin jabs.  Fentanyl is 50-80 times more potent than heroin thus making it even more deadly than heroin.

If you know an addict, do whatever is possible to get them into rehab, otherwise death will come calling… mark my words.    Once they finish rehab NEVER let them back around the people that addicted them in the first place. Change environments even if YOU have to move. I know because my son died twice but for the drug narcan.  He was a mess, but I got him into rehab and he moved away. He has been sober for years.