Reliance on heroin may worsen woes

File photo showing heroin seized by the Central Narcotics Bureau in an operation on March 19, 2018.
File photo showing heroin seized by the Central Narcotics Bureau in an operation on March 19, 2018.PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

Drug may mask anxiety and depression by blocking pain, leaving the disorders untreated and users in worse state

People who rely on heroin to escape their problems may end up being more depressed as the drug floods the body's receptors responsible for regulating both pleasure and pain.

Prolonged use of heroin gradually numbs addicts to its effects and so they crave more each time they take the drug, hoping to re-create the first high they experienced.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Reliance on heroin may worsen woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe