Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof and his late ex-wife Paula, was a beautiful young woman, a television presenter, a journalist, a model and a mother, who died at the age of only 25.
What killed her was her addiction to heroin, the same thing that took her mothers life when Peaches was only 11 years old.
She explained in an interview with Elle Magazine that she did not react well to the death of her mother, wherein she didn't cry or act as if anything had happened until maybe 5 years later when she admitted she started to grieve.
Peaches was married twice and had two sons from her second marriage, born April 2012 and April 2013, respectively.
Heroin is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It is believed that heroin can be instantaneously addictive, getting someone hooked after the first usage. Any kind of addiction starts small, feeling good and nothing bad coming from it. Users chase that first, good feeling for the rest of the time that they are using and things start to get bad, usually very fast.
The Effects Of Heroin
When someone is on heroin, they are usually very drowsy and lethargic, unable to do basic things and have a hard time moving around, usually just sitting still the whole time. This condition usually lasts for several hours.
While high on heroin, the users breathing is usually suppressed due to the fact that the drug binds with the opioid receptors in the brain stem, and this can lead to the dangerous possibility of respiratory arrest, wherein the persons respiratory functions simply stop working.
Heroin is usually injected, and over time, the area in which the injecting occurs starts to become scarred and can get infected, leading to something called abscesses, which are dangerous infections underneath the skin. If gone untreated, these abscesses can lead to the need for amputation of whatever limb, usually the arm, that has the infection.
The veins in the area where the injecting is occurring start to break down and this is what usually leads to the abscesses. Seeing as needles are often shared between users, the chance of getting some kind of a communicable disease such as AIDS, HIV or hepatitis C is a dangerous possibility.
Heroin usage also leads to infections in the heart lining and the heart valves, leading to heart disease, as well as liver and kidney disease. Pulmonary problems, such as pneumonia, can also occur from frequent heroin usage.
In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin often contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent damage to vital organs.
It does not take long for the body to get used to the presence of heroin, and physical dependence can form rather quickly. Once someone gets off of heroin, they tend to experience severe withdrawals which some have described as they feel like they are dying, however, these withdrawals are in no way fatal.
Heroin withdrawals tend to include severe discomfort, digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, cold flashes and goosebumps. It is also not uncommon for someone who is coming off of heroin to experience very intense cravings for the drug.
In order to make the pain go away, addicts use, which is why there is often relapse involved with someone who is trying to kick heroin. This further highlights why a detox facility is highly recommended for someone who is in this situation.
If only Peaches Geldof had known this kind of information, her life may have been saved. For all we know, she tried to kick the habit several times but was unable to deal with the withdrawals, falling back into her addiction.