In recent years, heroin use has increased in our community. It is important to know the facts, and the truth about heroin. Heroin affects your brain, it slows down the way you think, slows down reaction time, and slows down memory. Heroin affects your body. It poses special problems for those who inject it because of the risks of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles. Heroin can kill you, it is one of the top two frequently reported drugs by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths. Overdoses are contributed to unfamiliar places when shooting the drug and/or the strength, amount, or cutting agent in the heroin. Furthermore, when heroin is combined with other substances such as Xanax or cocaine, the consequences can be lethal.