The Russian Roulette of Addiction

risky heroin use

I stare out the front window of the car as I turn it on and then drive off. Every time I drive, I take a dangerous gamble and what is worse is I know it and don’t care. I’m too anxious and scared to worry about the fact that even in the best-case scenario, I’m just slowly killing myself.

That’s still not the worst of it. I can deal with what I’m doing to myself. The hardest is knowing how it will affect my family. Even all that is hard to focus on as I speed down the highway. The only thing I can really focus on is my next hit. I can’t even imagine getting treatment for heroin withdrawals.

Supply and demand, especially true for even one of the darkest of industries, drug dealing. With demand for heroin on the street rising, new forms of the drug have begun to emerge. Causing each dose to be a terrible game of Russian roulette, no one really wins using heroin today.

In fact, the new drug that is flooding the market can hospitalize someone from simple skin contact. A Ohio police officer learned this the hard way during the search of a car pulled over for with the driver displaying activity characteristic of a drug deal.

The two suspects tried get rid of the evidence by mashing the substance into the carpet. The officer searched the car with proper protection and took the two into custody, returning to the station. One of his fellow officers pointed out a speck of dust on his shirt. Without thinking, the officer brushed it off with his bare hand and an hour later he passed out. Three doses of Narcan brought him back to consciousness and then he was hospitalized.

These drugs are so powerful, they can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious harm. This just emphasizes the fact that finding treatment for heroin addiction  is a time sensitive matter. Increasingly more people overdose every day from heroin and the harmful new drugs it is being cut with.

It is impossible to tell the difference when buying these drugs off the street and that is what makes them so dangerous. To learn more about the signs of heroin addiction and help finding a good treatment center for yourself or someone you know, call us today.



Aaron has been writing drug education articles and documenting the success of the Narconon program for over two years.