It has been called diesel, black tar, red rock, white junk, smack, salt and brown sugar and horse, but it is still heroin by any other name. Traditionally injected, diesel heroin can also be smoked and snorted.
For individuals caught in a diesel heroin addiction, life can be difficult and painful and the same may be said for the family members with loved ones who have a diesel heroin habit. While most families try to cut the individual struggling with heroin use out of their life, many find the prospect impossible.
Recognizing a heroin addiction may not be that difficult especially if the individual is injecting the drug because there will be scars and needle marks. There may be signs of irritability, confusion, restlessness and long periods of sleep or nodding off.
Diesel heroin is an opiate and affects the opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Individuals who use diesel heroin experience a warm sensation of euphoria that is most often accompanied by heavy arms and legs. Other symptoms may include impaired judgment, memory loss and dry mouth. Chronic and excessive diesel heroin users may develop a tolerance to the drug that will require more of the drug with each use to achieve the same results as with previous use. The danger in this is heroin overdose. For individuals with frequent and increased heroin use amounts, withdrawal will set in within a few hours after the last time heroin was used.
Withdrawal symptoms generally peak within 72 hours after the last time heroin was used.
There are a multitude of health conditions that accompany diesel heroin use. Besides the possibility of fatal overdose, there is a risk of contracting HIV, AIDS and hepatitis from sharing needles or unclean needles as well as collapsed veins from repeated injections, heart disease and heart infections, liver and kidney disease. Pulmonary and respiratory infections are typical health complications for chronic heroin use as is short and long term memory loss, behavior, personality and mood changes, as well as emotional outbursts, permanently slurred speech and decision making and problem solving difficulties.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 3.8 million people in the U.S. struggle with heroin use, of which a very small number will get the help that they need. For the ones who do seek assistance in overcoming their diesel heroin use, some will go through a Methadone clinic or take Suboxone.
Methadone and Suboxone are opioid receptor blockers that prevent heroin use from being effective. While Methadone is a complete blocker and has to be taken daily, Suboxone is only a partial blocker and lasts 48 to 72 hours. The problem with transition drugs such as Methadone and Suboxone is that minimal regulation does not guarantee that individuals will stop taking the replacement drug and there are reports that some individuals have been taking Methadone and Suboxone for more than 20 years.
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