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Heroin Facts
Heroin accounts for the majority of the illicit opiate abuse in America.
Heroin in its pure form is a white powder which is easily soluble in water.
Heroin IV users place themselves at greater risk of contracting the HIV/AIDS virus.
Long-term use of heroin causes tolerance to develop so that in order to achieve the same degree of euphoria, larger and larger doses must be taken. When people have been off heroin for some time their tolerance decreases and a common cause of death result



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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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