Heroin Addiction Help
Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and Heroin Addiction is a serious problem in America. Recent studies suggest a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead to addiction. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Injection continues to be the predominant method of heroin use among addicted users seeking treatment; however, researchers have observed a shift in use patterns, from injection to sniffing and smoking.
Employee Drug Testing Rising
Employee drug tests are on the rise and it's the companies that make up the rules regarding the types of testing related to pre-employment, random, and drug testing with reason or suspicion of use on the job.
Employers can test future and present employees for an unlimited number of substances including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines or methamphetamines, opiates, and PCP.
Expanded screening panels can also be requested that test for barbiturates (Phenobarbital), hydrocodone or propoxyphene (Vicodin or Darvon), Quaaludes, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium), methadone, alcohol, or MDMA (Ecstasy). Pre-employment drug testing is required by many companies, and continues to be very controversial for including an individual's right to privacy.
There are primarily five different types of drug tests that are commonly administered. Urine testing is the most common method used because it is the least expensive, and can detect use within one week. Blood testing is the most expensive method, but it is the most accurate and least common. Hair can be tested to detect substance use over a long period of time, but it cannot detect use within the past week. It is several times more expensive than testing urine and is not as common.
Saliva testing can detect more recent use and it is easy to administer, but still more expensive than urine testing. Testing sweat is another method of drug testing, but is relatively uncommon and the accuracy is controversial due to many false positive results. Detection periods for all substances depends on the amount, frequency of use, metabolic rate, body mass, age, overall health, and drug tolerance.
Heroin Abuse Help
Heroin Opiates Prescription Medication
Injection continues to be the predominant method of heroin use among addicted users seeking treatment; however, researchers have observed a shift in heroin use patterns, from injection to sniffing and smoking. In fact, sniffing/snorting heroin is now the most widely reported means of taking heroin among users admitted for drug treatment in Newark, Chicago, and New York. more..
Heroin Use Rehab
Heroin Addiction Treatment
A variety of effective treatments are available for heroin addiction. Treatment tends to be more effective when heroin abuse is identified early. The treatments that follow vary depending on the individual, but methadone, a synthetic opiate that blocks the effects of heroin and eliminates withdrawal symptoms, has a proven record of success for people addicted to heroin. more..
What is Methadone?
Addiction Maintenance & Detox
Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine. Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin without causing the "high" associated with the drug addiction. Methadone is used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. Methadone can be used as part of a treatment program for narcotic addiction and detox. more