The Drug Enforcement Agency arrested four people in connection to a heroin ring in Meriden, CT on October 23rd. The individuals were charged with possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, and conspiracy to sell narcotics. Over the course of this DEA investigation, which began earlier this year, it was reported that more than 200 bags of heroin were purchased from the drug traffickers. It was estimated that the street value of the drugs totaled more than $2,000.
According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the state of Connecticut is on the top ten list for dependence on illegal drugs among adults age 18 to 25, with the majority of drug treatment admission patients citing heroin as their drug of choice. Because prescription medication is more expensive and more difficult to obtain at times, the cheaper price of heroin is more attractive to drug addicts.
Those who use narcotics are highly susceptible to becoming addicted. Like other opiates, heroin acts as a “feel good” drug that desensitizes the brain and creates feelings of happiness and comfort. It originates from the opium poppy flower, and can go by other names like, “smack”, “brown sugar”, “junk” and “H”. It can have the appearance of black tar or brown or white powder, and is ingested by smoking, snorting, or most commonly, through injection. Heroin hits the bloodstream and the brain in a matter of seconds, hence, making it extremely addictive. Some use it to relieve their worries, fears or anxiety.
Symptoms of heroin abuse can include:
Dangerous health complications can arise from the use of this drug such as, skin infections or collapsed veins from injections, breathing complications and lung diseases, heart problems, possible exposure to diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B or C, and it may cause miscarriage.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut reported that heroin- related overdoses in 2013 increased to 257 deaths from 174 deaths in 2012. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, find a drug treatment centers Meriden near you that can provide you with the tools you need to start your journey to recovery or call us now at 203-242-8266.
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