Heroin is an extremely harmful and highly addictive drug that poses a serious threat to the social, psychological and physical health of children. Most adolescents resort to heroin abuse due to the misperception that it only causes a temporary rush with no permanent damage. Hence, in pursuit of experimentation, they proceed to try it, which leads to instant addiction.

The common misconception among parents is that heroin is not readily available so their child is less likely to have access to it. However, this is false. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health discovered that 29.7% of 12th graders claimed that they could easily obtain the drug from various sources. Heroin possession, trafficking and sale are serious criminal offenses, under New Jersey state and US federal law. Offenders may face a penalty of up to 2 years of jail time and due payment of a heavy fine.

There are many ways of heroin abuse; it can either be injected into a muscle or directly into the bloodstream. One can also snort the powder or inhale it from a thin covering on foil. Whatever the mode of consumption, heroin has drastic side effects on the human body. These may be:

  • Cramps in the stomach and intestines
  • Constriction of arteries which puts the heart under strain, leading to a variety of heart diseases
  • Swollen tissues
  • Nerve damage
  • Unsterilized needles during injection may lead to AIDS
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Uncontrollable itching and discomfort
  • Hepatitis
  • Over dosage leading to death