Stereotypes come from misunderstanding who uses heroin and reasons behind addiction. The best way to combat stereotypes is to learn more about heroin, why people use the drug and how to offer support if a loved one is struggling with addiction.
China, Mexico and mountains around the Iranian, Pakistani and Afghanistan are rich with Opium poppies (a flower) which grow well in dry, warm climates. Generally, the flower is tended by farmers with small plots of land where the farmer collects sap who brings it to a merchant or broker. The opium is brought to a morphine refinery to create heroin.
Misconceptions exist about who users of heroin are and how people behave while under the influence of the drug. Heroin is a growing problem for people in teens through adulthood. The demographics have changed to reflect that people of all ages and income brackets are using heroin. Behavioral changes occur which are similar for people who use heroin. Some of the signs include:
Many myths persist about heroin addiction which are not always true and can be dangerous assumptions which keep people from getting necessary help. Some of the stereotypes include:
Hired Power offers resources and services for people with heroin addiction.
If you’re ready for help, call us at 800-910-9299 for information on our programs.
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