Heroin in Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati
St. Elizabeth hospital announced partnering with the Betty Ford Foundation to address the growing problem with patients using Heroin in Northern Kentucky (2015).
What is Heroin?
Heroin is a fast-acting opiate that suppresses pain. Heroin is a schedule I controlled substance. It has a high potential for abuse. Heroin looks range from off-white to dark brown in color and consistency is crumbly or powdery. Heroin can be nearly black and sticky. This form is called black tar heroin.
Nurse Practitioners DO NOT prescribe Heroin. In the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Heroin is considered a “street drug” and I-75 is considered a pipeline for the drug trade with regular interventions from law officials to stop the trafficking.
How is Heroin used?
Administration of Heroin is injected, snorted, or smoked. Depending on administration, there may be different types of paraphernalia (syringes, metal or glass pipes, spoons, belts, or rubber tubing) or left over drug or components.
What are symptoms of Heroin?
Novice users will experience a sudden surge of euphoria when injected. Long time users will not experience this as quickly and may feel they need more to reach euphoria. Heroin will cause the skin to flush, nose to run, mouth to dry, pupils to constrict, and intermittent wakefulness. During the intermittent wakefulness the breathing will slow and users may nod off suddenly. During this time is when an overdose of Heroin kills the user.
If the user wakes, their thinking will become unclear, memory loss is present, and resulting poor decision making with self-control results. Other symptoms will be itching, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Spontaneous abortion can occur in pregnant women.
How do I help someone who is addicted to Heroin?
Heroin users will neglect eating properly and self-care. There is a major fear of withdraw because of the pain and sickness that follows. Users will hide needle tracks by wearing long sleeves or guarding their last good injection area.
Recommendation is rehabilitation under medical supervision due to the withdraw symptoms and deterioration of the body.
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