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Providence is the capital of Rhode Island. It is also the largest city in the state with a population of approximately 173,618 residents. Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 and it was one of the first cities founded in the United States. Providence was once known for manufacturing and the city had manufacturing industries in metals, jewelry, textiles, silverware and machinery. Providence is still one of the largest centers for jewelry and silverware design and manufacturing in the United States. The rest of the manufacturing industry has declined over the years. Providence has since relabeled itself the “Creative Capital” because of the city’s combination of small town life, big city sophistication and the lively art community. Unfortunately Providence also suffers from high poverty and crime rates. There has been an ongoing fight against the presence of heroin and other illegal drugs being abused in the city.
Rhode Islands on going problem with Heroin Abuse
Rhode Island has a significant problem with heroin abuse. Heroin is widely available in Providence at high rates of purity. Officials have sited heroin abuse and the abuse of other drugs as one of the reasons the crime rate is so high within the city. Crimes that are often associated with heroin abuse are robbery, burglary, prostitution, theft of property and drug distribution. Heroin related crimes are often attempts by the heroin abuser to gain money in order to support their addiction. Heroin abuse levels are high in Providence, Rhode Island due the easy accessibility, low cost and high purity of the drug.
Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid drug synthesized from morphine that is derived from the poppy plant. When used in medicinal settings it is referred to as diacetylmporphine and when used illegally it is referred to as heroin. Slang terms for heroin include dope, H, smack, mud, tar, horse and brown sugar. The use of heroin is illegal for recreational and medicinal purposes in the United States but in the United Kingdom it is used medicinally to treat severe pain and chronic pain. When used recreationally heroin is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. It has been said to be one of the most addictive drugs in the world. The effects of heroin may include an intense sensation of euphoria, periods of wakefulness and drowsiness, slurred speech, dry mouth, slowed mental function, vomiting, constipation, and heavy extremities.
Heroin is most commonly ingested by injection into the vein or muscle but it can also be smoked, snorted or ingested as a suppository. In recent years it has become more popular in young heroin users to smoke or snort the drug. When heroin is repeatedly abused the user builds a tolerance to the drug and needs to consume continuously higher doses of the drug in order to achieve the same level of intoxication. Long term heroin use can have many adverse side effects on the user’s health. Heroin abuse can cause collapsed veins, cellulites, abscesses, liver disease, pulmonary complications, and infection of the heart lining and valves. Fatal overdoses are common due to varying levels of purity found in street drugs. The physical dependence on heroin leads to withdrawal symptoms when users reduce or stop their heroin use.
Withdrawl from Heroin requires Detox
Withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, malaise, sweating, vomiting, fever, chills, convulsions, diarrhea, cramps, bone and muscle aches, insomnia, and a strong and unrelenting urge to use the drug again. In some cases, especially with very unhealthy users, withdrawal from heroin can be fatal. The physical dependency on heroin and the harsh withdrawal symptoms make it extremely difficult for heroin users to quit abusing the drug.