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Risks of Heroin: Smoking, Snorting, & Injecting

Heroin is an addictive, illegal drug that is derived from the opium poppy plant.1, 2 It has various methods of use,1 each of which comes with unique risks. Read on…

Why is Mixing Substances So Dangerous?

Most people are aware of the dangers of substance misuse. However, abuse of drugs and alcohol is still very common in the United States. In 2019, around 57,203,000 Americans aged…

Most Overdoses in Mississippi Caused by Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug misuse is a serious problem in the United States, and Mississippi is no exception. While the opioid-involved fatal overdose rate is much worse in its neighboring state of…

Narcan and Overdose Training in Mississippi

While fatal opioid overdoses in Mississippi are low compared to many other states, there is still substantial cause for concern.1 Between early 2017 and early 2020, there were 536 opioid-involved…

Shooting Heroin: Signs and Risks

Heroin usually is distributed as a white or brownish (called “black tar”) powder that is smoked, snorted, or injected. Injecting, or “shooting,” heroin is a particularly dangerous method of using…

Can I Quit Heroin Cold Turkey?

Heroin is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means that heroin is a drug that has no recognized medicinal uses and an…

Risks of Snorting Heroin

When most people think of heroin, they imagine a person who injects the drug directly into the bloodstream through a needle. Overwhelmingly, this is the method used by most people…

Heroin Withdrawal Timelines

An illegal opioid drug, heroin is considered to be highly addictive and has no accepted medicinal use in the United States. In 2014, heroin was abused by 435,000 people over…

Heroin Addiction, Health Risks, & Treatment

Heroin in Memphis

726: Narcan doses given by Memphis EMS teams to treat opiate overdoses in 2010 1495: Projected number of doses to be given in 2016 — Source: Memphis Fire Department The Heroin Epidemic:…

Alum Advocates for Heroin Addicts’ Recovery

Morse’s efforts include training families to use Narcan Several days after her first overdose, Bethany Morse opened her eyes in a California hospital room. Out of a coma, she climbed…