Heroin Use And Addiction As An Epidemic Essay

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Heroin use and addiction is an epidemic that has spread rapidly across the United States over the past two decades. It is surprising that this epidemic is spread across every social class in America. Poor or rich, they are using or have an addiction to heroin. Addiction usually leads middle to lower class citizens to a life of crime to support their habit. Substance abuse care in correctional facilities is nothing new. Although, incidents are being brought forth that show a lack of care for heroin addicts and other addictions that need attention. Heroin addicts require special attention when it comes to dealing with their withdrawal symptoms. Correctional facilities and officers should be provided special training related to handling heroin addicts regarding withdrawal and rehabilitation aspects.
Heroin is an opiate drug alongside others like morphine or codeine. All three have an intended use of killing pain in patients. “The Bayer Company started the production of heroin in 1898 on a commercial scale” (Hosztafi, National Center for Biotechnology Information). It became clear that it was much more effective than its predecessors and was considered a “wonder drug.” But the wonder drug had an unforeseeable side effect, addiction. Like most drugs, patients with continuous exposure to heroin would eventually need more than the usual dose due to the resilience they had built up. According to Frank Schmalleger, “When it was first introduced, heroin’s addictive properties were…

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