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Heroin Facts
Heroin in its pure form is a white powder which is easily soluble in water.
According to the National Household Survey for 1994, 2.2 million Americans have tried heroin; 191,000 had used it in the previous 30 days.
Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner. 80% of overdose victims discovered by paramedics are found alone.
The onset of heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms begin six to eight hours after the last dose is administrated. Major heroin withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of heroin and subdue after about one week.

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Heroin Overdose

Heroin Overdose has been written on more death certificates than there are fatalities due to traffic accidents each year. Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner, yet 80% of overdose victims found by paramedics are alone. Deaths from heroin overdose have increased steadily over the past decade in the absence of public health measures specifically aimed at heroin use. Heroin related deaths are strongly associated with the combination use of heroin and alcohol or other drugs.

    Symptoms and Signs
  • body as a whole
    • muscle spasticity
  • respiratory
    • breathing slow and labored
    • breathing shallow
    • stopped breathing (sometimes fatal within 2-4 hours)
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • pinpoint pupils
    • dry mouth
    • tongue discoloration
  • skin
    • bluish colored fingernails and lips
  • gastrointestinal
    • spasms of the stomach and/or intestinal tract
    • constipation
  • heart and blood vessels
    • weak pulse
    • low blood pressure
  • nervous system
    • drowsiness
    • disorientation
    • coma
    • delirium


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