When we speak of human health, in many cases the first thing that comes to our mind are physical ailments as well as terminal illnesses. However, we often overlook diseases of mental health and substance abuse.The latter, especially, is a disease that for many years has prevailed as a significant problem in our society and that at some point has touched our lives in one way or another. More recently, in Berks County, the use of controlled substances, specifically heroin, has increased considerably. This has caused not only an increase in hospital visits, but also other fatalities, such as overdose death.Heroin is an illegal drug, lethal and with some of the most damaging effects such as addiction to it. It is consumed in several ways, but more often it is intravenously. When injected, there is a moment of euphoria that comes in a matter of seconds. Some physical signs of the user of heroin are: weight loss, runny nose, needle marks on the arms, infections or abscesses, cuts and bruises. It is very important that if you observe someone who shows some of these symptoms, do not ignore them. This drug is very dangerous and you have the opportunity to possibly save the life of this person. If you need assistance with a family member or acquaintance, you can contact the Council on Chemical Abuse agency at 610-376-8669 to receive more information about this disease.