In a society where many temptations are present, it is not impossible that people tend to give in. People tend to be involved in vices like gambling, alcohol drinking and even drug addiction.
Drug addiction is the most dangerous and deadly of all the vices. Among the drugs that found their allies and existence through the addiction of many individuals is the semi-synthetic opiate, heroin. In order to know more about heroin addiction and how it is treated, this paper will tackle basic information in heroin addiction and the use of methadone as its treatment.
Heroin Usage Heroin is usually injected or smoked. The heroin abuser may inject up to four times a day. Injecting heroin into the veins has the most rapid and greatest effects while injecting into muscles will definitely take a longer time. Using it through smoking is also possible, but it will take longer time compared to heroin injection. Heroin injection is still the leading method of heroin use among users that are seeking for treatment.
However, new reports have identified sniffing and smoking as the most widely spread method of heroin use in New York and Chicago. According to NIDA’s Monitoring the Future Survey, the usage of heroin among the 8th, 10th, and 12th grade remain constant from 2003- 2004.
In addition, NIDA’s Community Epidemiology Work Group reported in its December 2003 publication that heroin was the most used drug in many drug admission treatment facilities in New York, Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles.