British singer, songwriter and television presenter Lily Allen recently admitted considering heroin after the official confirmation of her divorce in June 2018. She confessed in July 2018 that she did think about trying the drug in order to self-medicate and relieve stress arising from her breakup with ex-husband Sam Cooper. Although she didn’t go ahead with her plans, she confided in her therapist that she felt awful. “I know heroin is really the end of the line. But I have toyed with the idea before,” said Allen.
Speaking to Sunday Mirror, Allen admitted that her divorce left her shattered and she often had sex with other men to fill the void in her life. However, the singer of “Smile” revealed that she shares a ‘very friendly’ relationship with her ex-husband, and they both have an unconventional custody agreement, where they spend time with their daughters for alternate weeks at a time. It helps her give time to work when the kids are with their father.
Individuals battling severe mental afflictions like unceasing bouts of depression and nagging anxiety often look for easy escape routes like drugs or alcohol to find relief from the mental agony and misery. Research suggests that women are more likely to report poor physical and mental health than the general population, which in turn heightens their vulnerability to substance abuse. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), those who suffer from mental disorders may attempt to self-medicate their symptoms via harmful substances as they make them forget the pain and experience momentary pleasure.
In the wake of the opioid epidemic, more and more chronic opioid users are moving toward heroin due to easy of availability and low cost. As per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), opioid users end up switching to this drug because both prescription opioids and heroin exhibit strikingly identical chemical structures and bind to the same class of receptors in the brain, temporarily blocking the brain’s response to painful stimuli. Similar to other drugs, heroin is known to alter the brain’s reward or pleasure centers to cause drug dependence. It has an immediate effect on the body and even small amounts can impair the respiratory system. As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, it can be extremely lethal if combined with any other depressant like alcohol. Furthermore, heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 because of its potential to cause addiction.
Heroin addiction is rampant in US
In a country already languishing amid a ruthless opioid epidemic, a widespread heroin addiction will further exacerbate the misery of millions of users who are caught in drug dependence. Heroin use has increased manifold among all age groups as it’s easily available and produces the same euphoric effects when injected, snorted or smoked. Addiction to heroin has assumed the proportions of an epidemic in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting a sky-rocketing surge in heroin overdose death rates by 19.5 percent from 2015 to 2016 with deaths of nearly 15,500 people. In fact, the number of heroin-related fatal overdoses has leapt fourfold since 2010.
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