We live in a society that is overly dismissive of drug users. The criminalization of particular substances, often with good intentions, has unfortunately led to the dehumanization of millions of individuals. The fact is that a lot of these people are helplessly addicted to these substances, and this addiction has many unconsidered risks. One of the riskiest substances that you can get addicted to is heroin.
A primary reason that heroin is so dangerous is the way that users prefer to ingest the drug. The most common way to use heroin is via injection because intravenous ingestion of a substance allows for it to take effect a lot faster. It is said by users to provide you with a better high than alternative methods, such as smoking or snorting the drug. When your drug of choice requires the use of a needle, there are countless risks involved. These risks can vary from the availability of needles to the spread of disease to the best place to inject heroin once the needle is procured.
Many users will attest to the “bump in a vein on hand” as being the best injection site. However, this is not a sure-fire process for just anyone to attempt. The health risks associated with sticking a needle into yourself without the proper training are quite real and rather unpleasant. This is why some countries have embraced the idea of safe injection facilities. These facilities are staffed with medical professionals and greatly cut down on the risks to a user’s health.
A benefit of safe injection facilities is that they treat the addiction as a disease rather than a crime. This approach toward intravenous drug use allows for many of the health risks to be addressed if not eliminated entirely. With the provision of clean needles, the facility prevents the spread of diseases such as HIV throughout the user community. Staff can also assist users in the injection of the drug to help curtail issues such as heroin vein damage.
Vein damage from heroin occurs when the acidity in the drug damages the vein to the point where it no longer functions properly. This makes the vein less effective in the delivery of the substance and is fairly painful. Due to the diminished effect of the drug caused by this issue, users will switch to other parts of their body for injection sites leading to further risk and damage.
The countless risks involved in intravenous drug use is often overlooked by a society that has criminalized drugs. However, drug users are human beings that are often suffering from an addiction to the substance that has led to their ostracization. Everyone makes bad decisions in their lives, and unfortunately for these people, their choices have led to a terrible addiction that can cause severe damage to their health. So, before you label these individuals as criminals and dismiss their plight, try to think of all of the damage that their terrible addiction is causing to their bodies.