Concord is the capital of the state of New Hampshire and has the third largest population in the state with 42,695 residents according to the 2010 census. Concord is the county seat of Merrimack County. The city is home to the University of New Hampshire School of Law which is the only law school in the state. It is also home to a two year community college, New Hampshire Technical Institute. The Granite State Symphony Orchestra is located in Concord and is a great draw to bring tourist in and fuel the economy.
Heroin abuse is on the rise throughout New Hampshire
Heroin is a growing threat in the state of New Hampshire with the number of arrests, emergency department visits and treatment admissions on the rise. Heroin treatment admissions increased from 124 in 1997 to 166 in 1998. In 1997, the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner reported 27 heroin-related overdose deaths, this is double the number of deaths just 2 years earlier in 1995 with 14 deaths. The purity change in Heroin is attracting new users because they are able to snort or smoke the drug rather than inject it and have the stereotypical tracks and health risks associated with injection.
According to data from the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 1998 there was 69 first-charge heroin arrests in New Hampshire. The number of arrests seems to double each year with an increase from 43 arrests in 1997 and 21 arrests in 1996. State and local police are working hard to stop the sales and use of this highly addictive illicit drug, Heroin.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. It is a depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Many users become addicted to Heroin trying to find a way to escape from both physical and emotional pain. Its appearance is a white to dark brown powder or tar-like substance. The purity of the cocaine determines the way it is used.
Most commonly heroin is injected into a vein, this is called “mainlining”, it can also be injected into a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw which is known as “chasing the dragon,” or snorted as powder into the nose. The effects of heroin are immediate and last a few hours. Injecting heroin produces an intense feeling of euphoria known as a “rush”, this is followed by a warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth, and heavy extremities. Immediately after the rush the users goes “on the nod,” which is an wakeful and drowsy state.
The depression of the central nervous system cause delayed and clouded mental function, slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting, constipation.With regular use of heroin a tolerance is commonly developed, this causes the user to need more of the drug to reach the same effects. The more of the drug used the higher of a risk of developing a dependence and addiction.
When the users attempts to stop withdrawal symptoms kick in. Heroin can have serious effects on the user’s health. Those who inject the drug can develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulites, and liver disease. As the health of the user begins to deteriorate they may experiance pulmonary complications such as various types of pneumonia.
It is time to quit…
Withdrawal symptoms such as drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps called “cold turkey”, kicking movements called “kicking the habit”, and other symptoms, make it feel impossible to quit. Medications can be prescribed to help you quit and lessen these symptoms. Do not be afraid anymore, there are options out there that can help you make it. Contact an Concord New Hampshire Treatment facility today.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. It is a “downer” or depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain.