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Bloomington is the fifth largest city in the state of Minnesota with a total population of 82,893 according to the 2010 United States Census. The city is located on the north bank of the Minnesota River and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. With highways, Interstate 35W and Interstate 494, Bloomington is the prime area for Drug Trafficking. The trafficking of Heroin by Mexican criminal groups is a growing problem in the state of Minnesota. After being moved into the state it is distributed throughout and a large portion is left in Bloomington causing an increase in violent crimes, treatment admissions, and emergency department visits related to heroin.
Heroin in Bloomington, Minnesota
Heroin is a narcotic derivative of the opium poppy plant, in the class of drugs known as “opiates.” Opiates are derived from the dried milk of the opium poppy, which contains morphine and codeine, there are highly effective painkillers used in many prescription medicines. Street names for heroin are “Smack”, “Junk”, “Skag”, “Shit”, “H”, “Brown”, “Horse”, “Dope” and “Boy”. Heroin in its pure form is a white powder with a bitter taste. Although heroin is distributed in powder form and vary’s in color from white to dark brown because of the additives and diluting agents mixed prior to sale. There is also a less-refined form of heroin known as “Black Tar” made predominantly in Mexico, which is a gooey black or brownish substance.
Heroin is typically injected into the vein or muscle, it can also be smoked in a pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw ( known as “chasing the dragon”), or in powder form snorted into the nose. Heroin creates a euphoric, drowsy, warm and content feeling. Users feel relaxed, relief from pain, as if there are is no stress in the world to drag them down. The higher the dose the user become sedated, risking overdose, falling into unconsciousness, coma and even death from respiratory failure. Heroin-related emergency department visits in Minneapolis was 228 in 2000, according to DAWN. There was 17 heroine related deaths in 2000, according to mortality data from DAWN.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug, a tolerance is developed easily. The body becomes completely dependent on the drug and feelings of extreme withdrawal symptoms can occur when the drug is stopped abruptly. When Heroin abusers get to the point of addiction they are in need of the help of a treatment facility to over come it. According to TEDS, the was 985 heroin-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities in 2000. It can be dangerous to quit without help because of the withdrawal symptoms and health problems that may have developed due to chronic use.
There is help out there…
Heroin is such an highly addictive drug that can be quite difficult to quit. Some require long term medications to help fight the symptoms of withdrawal and overwhelming cravings. A medication such as, Methadone which has been used for more than 30 years to treat heroin addiction. It is a synthetic opiate medication that binds to the same receptors as heroin; but when taken orally, it has a gradual onset of action and sustained effects, reducing the desire for other opioid drugs while preventing withdrawal symptoms. Methadone maintenance treatment is usually conducted in specialized opiate treatment programs.
This is alongside the detox process, counseling and other services to work toward a life of sobriety. Bloomington, Minnesota Rehab Programs can help you reach this goal. This drug will kill you if you do not stop now so do not wait any longer. Contact an Bloomington, Minnesota Rehab Program today.