Prescription pill abuse such as Oxycontin and Vicodin have been on the rise among teens and young adults on Long Island and elsewhere. Of significant concern are the high rates of abuse with the illicit drug, Heroin, and parents need to be vigilant and look for warning signs of early abuse patterns.
A sobering thought: even with the very first injection/snort/smoke or swallow of heroin, dopamine, a neurotransmitter that communicates pleasure to the brain, surges thousands of times more than normal. Soon after, however, the brain returns to normal. Because of this huge surge of dopamine, heroin becomes highly addictive, even with one use, due to the body’s physical urge and the brain’s psychological urge to feel thatLeave a reply →