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Boston is the Capital and largest city in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a growing population of 617,594 according to the 2010 United States Census. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the largest city in New England, it is unofficially the Capital of New England. Boston is an international center of higher education and a center for medicine with many colleges and universities within the city and the surrounding area. The city’s economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and high technology. Boston has one of the highest costs of living in the United States, ranking third on the US.
Heroin threatens the way of life for Massachusetts residents
Heroin’s growing popularity is a great threat in the state of Massachusetts. Heroin’s popularity is due to the rise in the drug’s purity and the drop in price. In statewide substance abuse help-line calls in which Heroin was mention in 23% in 1999. Boston has an alarming high level of heroin users. In 1999, 51% of Heroin users received treatment in Methadone clinics.
Heroin is a highly addictive, fast-acting opiate derived from the substance morphine which is found in specific types of poppy plants. Heroin is easily found in pure forms, yet most heroin purchased is mixed with other substances, such as sugar, powdered mild and starch. Heroin is commonly used their injecting intravenously but many of its users have switched to snorting or smoking the drug because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead to addiction. The users who chose to inject heroin intravenously, have a high risk of contracting HIV and other diseases transmitted threw dirty needles and blood.
Heroin affects the Brain and Body
The reason that heroin is so addictive is because it reaches the brain and creates a euphoric reaction rapidly. Like other opiates, they block pain messages creating a false sense of calmness by depressing body functions and increase feeling of pleasure in the body and brain. Heroin takes over its users body and mind with addiction, the brain’s chemistry is forever changed. The body easily develops a tolerance to the drug, requiring larger doses to reach the same effect, creating a physical dependency.
Heroin addiction makes it impossible for the addict to do anything else in life except look for heroin and get high. The symptoms of withdrawal are so server that many heroin addicts will not even attempt to seek help for their addiction. Symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, insomnia , hot and cold flashes, physical pain, and involuntary body movements keep the heroin addict in fear of withdrawal. Heroin users are at risk every time they use for serious health conditions such as collapsed veins, bacterial infections, abscesses , infectious diseases (HIV and Hepatitis are most common), infections of the heart, joint and muscular problems and worst of all…fatal over dose. Because heroin is typically mixed with other additives it does not easily digest and can result in clogged blood vessels that can carry into the lungs, liver, kidneys and brain. With all of these health affects, heroin addicts choose to continue use because of the fear of withdrawal symptoms.
There is help out there…
It can feel impossible to quit Marijuana…When stopping a Heroin addiction there is not a quick fix. Many need the assistance of drugs such as Methadone for years to fight off drug cravings and the debilitation withdrawal symptoms. In Boston Massachusetts rehab programs you enter into their detox process where you receive Methadone and your body is cleansed of any drugs. You will receive behavioral modification therapy to get to the rout cause of your addiction as well as learn how to live a new life of sobriety and avoid temptation. Rehab Programs in Boston, Massachusetts are here to help, a life of sobriety is just one call away.