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Heroin Facts
Over 80% of heroin users inject with a partner. 80% of overdose victims discovered by paramedics are found alone.
In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin may have additives that do not readily dissolve and result in clogging the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. This can cause infection or even death of small patches
When sold at street level heroin is likely to have been diluted or cut with a variety of similar powders. The main dilution is glucose. However, the practice of using other substances such as caffeine, flour and talcum powder is a constant danger to users
The average heroin abuser uses between 150 to 250 mg a day, divided in three doses.



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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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