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Heroin Charges in California

Heroin is technically an opioid drug that’s made from morphine. Morphine is not artificially manufactured in a lab; instead it gets its roots from the seeds of opium poppies grown in Colombia, Mexico, and Southeast and Southwest Asia. Heroin can be black and sticky, or it can be a brown or white powder.

People use heroin by injecting it, sniffing or snorting it, or by smoking it. Some people like to mix heroin with crack cocaine – they call this speedballing.When someone uses heroin, it quickly enters their brain and binds to their opioid receptors, which are located in numerous areas. Heroin especially affects the opioid receptors that control pleasure, pain, heart rate, breathing, and sleeping.

Side Effects of Heroin Use

Like most illegal drugs, heroin has short and long-term side effects, some of which include:

  • Insomnia
  • Abscesses
  • Heart infections
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Lung problems
  • Depression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe itching
  • A clouded mental state
  • Heaviness in the arms and legs
  • Going back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness

People can overdose on heroin when they use too much of the drug and it causes life-threatening complications. In some cases, an OD can lead to death. When one overdoses on heroin, it can slow down their breathing to the point where it stops altogether, leading to a decrease in oxygen and hypoxia. Hypoxia can damage the nervous system and it can lead to coma and permanent brain damage.

Heroin is a Schedule I Drug

Because of its high potential for abuse, heroin is a Schedule I drug. Even a simple heroin possession charge is prosecuted as a felony in California. As such, you could be facing fines, incarceration, drug rehabilitation, prison, and other serious penalties that can affect your life for years to come.

Because of the serious consequences you face, we urge you to contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to schedule a free case evaluation.