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Side effects of heroin use could include criminal charges

Unfortunately, drug addiction is not a rarity. Many people in New Jersey struggle with addiction to serious substances, such as heroin. Though substance abuse issues remain common, people often struggle to receive the help they need to address their addiction. If you face such a problem, you may want to get your life in order but the grip of the drug will not let you go.

Even if you want to seek help, you may not understand how to go about doing so. As a result, you may continue to struggle with serious health issues relating to your substance abuse problem. In addition to the side effects of the heroin itself, you could also end up facing criminal allegations if police consider you in possession of the drug.

Health-related side effects of heroin use

One of the major risks of using heroin involves overdosing. Even if someone uses the substance one time, he or she runs the risk of overdosing or experiencing other adverse reactions that could have serious or even fatal outcomes. While death is a major and irreversible consequence, other severe damage that heroin use can cause includes:

  • Teeth and gum damage
  • Malnutrition
  • Weakening of the immune system
  • Constipation
  • Brain damage due to oxygen deprivation
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Heart infections
  • Sexual dysfunction

Because of the intense impact heroin use can have on your brain, you may also experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and memory problems.

Effects on personal life

Addiction can cause you to think only of the substance and when you are going to get your next fix. As a result, many aspects of your personal life may suffer. For instance, you may lose your job, drop out of school, have problems with family or friends, or face financial hardships.

As mentioned, you could also end up in trouble with law enforcement. Due to mental deterioration from heroin use, you may act in ways that you otherwise would not have. As a result, you could draw the attention of police, and if they conduct a search of your person, home or vehicle and find heroin, you could face serious criminal charges.

Defending against charges

Your situation may seem hopeless if allegations are brought against you, but fortunately, you have options for defending against charges of heroin possession. Information on your legal options may help you better understand your specific situation and what steps may help you effectively address your case.

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