It was eight a.m. and she had been up for hours at this point. The diarrhea was uncontrollable and her stomach was killing her. She felt like she needed to vomit again. Her bed was covered in sweat. Her body felt hot, but she was freezing cold. Her hands were shaking because she was a nervous wreck. Her legs were restless and her entire body ached as if she had been run over by a semi. She felt weak, both physically and mentally. She had been crying all night because she hated herself. Her addiction was the reason her daughter was taken from her and given to her mother. Most of her family and friends now disowned her. At this point, she was debating if everyone, including herself, would benefit from her suicide. The only reason she had not taken her own life already was out of fear of her daughter growing up without her mother. Jenny was dope sick. She was suffering from heroin withdrawal. The last time she had shot up was about two days ago. It was her daughter Abby’s ninth birthday and her party was at two p.m. that day. Although she was trying to quit and get her life back on track to regain custody of her daughter, there was no way she was going to make it to that party unless she got some dope. Abby was her entire world so she had to make it to her party no matter what. She needed at least a cap just so she could be somewhat functional. She glanced at her last twenty dollars lying on the dresser and told herself, “just one last fix and I am done for good”. That statement proved to be true because four hours later, when Jenny’s mother went to pick her up for the party, she was found in her bathroom, dead from a heroin overdose.
Heroin is a highly addictive synthetic morphine, which is made from the opium in poppy pl...
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Once thought of as a harmless, non-addictive pain reliever and cough suppressant, heroin is now considered one of the most dangerous, addictive drugs in the country. The number of people using heroin, and the rate at which they are dying because of it, have increased to all-time highs. Heroin presents serious health risks such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, brain and heart damage, and most notably death. Also, it tears family apart because addicts put their families in financial binds, create psychological issues for their spouse and children, and cause devastation when they die from an overdose. Finally, the cost of heroin when it comes to productivity loss, crime, medical, and social welfare costs is detrimental to the American economy. Above all, heroin is a deadly drug that presents a various set of problems to many people across the country.
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