Heroin Addiction

By the time they finish high school, half of American adolescents have tried at least one illicit drug. If you think this can’t happen to your kid, think again.

Derek was the boy-next-door who experimented casually with drugs, then quickly slid down the slippery slope of addiction. The Doctors cameras follow Derek’s emotional and physical attempts to kick heroin at a rehabilitation facility . How Heroin Works
Heroin is a synthetic opiate made from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of Asian poppy plants. It is crushed into a powder or sticky substance, which is then injected intravenously into a vein or muscle, snorted through the nasal cavity, or smoked. Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug, and many users are hooked from their first experience with it.

Once in the body, heroin binds to opioid receptor sites in the brain, which are responsible for the sensations of pain and pleasure, as well as automatic bodily functions like breathing and blood pressure. Chronic use of heroin causes physical dependence, and has deleterious effects on every organ in the body.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms:
Diarrhea Fever
High blood pressure
Muscle cramps Panic
• Vomiting