By, Conor Dunleavy

Drugs have been a part of society for generations; and it seems as we move along, different drugs come to the forefront in terms of use.  Some more deadly than others, all have a profound effect on the people using them and people surrounding them.

The 60’s saw a wave of LSD, the 70’s brought us PCP, and Crack Cocaine swept the nation to end the century.  Now we have our own problem in the 2010’s: Heroin.

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Heroin is not a joke folks. Obviously there’s going to be drug use, and obviously there are going to be people who want to experiment, but this is not the drug for that.

Heroin is one of the most deadly and addictive drugs known to man.  The scariest part is that it only takes one usage to get hooked to the drug.  According to Lizmarie Maldonado who has her masters in public health, nearly 50,000 people died from Heroin overdose in 2014 alone; and those numbers have only increased in the past two years.

Even those who don’t die from the drug are headed down a long path, which may or may not end with recovery.  According to the National Institutes of Health, the recovery rate for addicts is a mere 20%, meaning only 1 in 5 of those users will make it out the other side recovered and healthy.

Statistics can only do so much, and frankly it’s not the scariest part.  The scariest aspect is the toll heroin has on your mental, physical and emotional health.

Below is a YouTube video from Roy Kelly, who describes in 700 words exactly how and why Heroin is so addictive.  (Warning, this video is disturbing and may not be suited for all ages).


It’s hard now and days to find someone who hasn’t been effected in one way or another by Heroin.  Whether it be you personally, a family member, friend, or co-worker, Heroin has a deep impact on our society.

It’s time to stand up against this drug and take a preventative step in helping our peers and future of the world stay free from this harmful and toxic drug.

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If you or a loved one is being effected by Heroin, contact the: American Addiction Center for help.



Lizmarie Maldonado, M.S. in Public Health. “Heroin Death Rates | How Heroin Kills.” Heroin Death Rates | How Heroin Kills. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2016.