Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine that user’s snort, smoke or use intravenously to feel the euphoria it produces. Heroin use in young adults has more than doubled, and 45% of heroin users claim to have started this addiction with prescription painkillers. With heroin being so cheap, it has infiltrated many neighborhoods, targeted every class of people and has become accessible to younger adults under the age of 18.
Because Heroin is typically injected, it puts users at a greater risk of contracting serious, long-term viral and bacterial infections. Most heroin addicts typically use other drugs and alcohol, so the risk of overdose is higher. Also, addicts are so physically addicted to the drug, they are willing to commit serious crimes in order to get their fix.