There is no mistaking that the massive push to manufacture, distribute, and prescribe opioid pain relievers in the late-1990s and early-2000s was a huge mistake. It’s known that opioid pharmaceuticals have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. But what about the more sinister, under-reported harmful effects of the prescription opioid epidemic, like the surge in heroin addiction?
Heroin: A derivative of opium, heroin is one of the most addictive illegal drugs , and has many adverse short- and long-term effects. Withdrawals from heroin can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, which is one of the reasons many users find it difficult to stop once they start using.