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Heroin Facts
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
The large majority of heroin is illegally manufactured and imported, which originates largely from the Indian sub-continent.
There are approximately 84,000 heroin addiction related visits to emergency rooms in the United States yearly and about 3% - 7% of treated patients require admission for pneumonia, collection of fluid in the lungs, and other complications.
The individual who has become physically as well as psychologically dependent on heroin will experience heroin addiction withdrawal with an abrupt discontinuation of use or even a decrease in their daily amount of heroin taken.



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Heroin Addiction Withdrawal

Heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms are some of the nastiest an addict can experience compared to addiction withdrawal from any other drug. The individual who has become physically as well as psychologically dependent on heroin will experience heroin addiction withdrawal with an abrupt discontinuation of use or even a decrease in their daily amount of heroin taken.

Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the last administration, produces drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), kicking movements ("kicking the habit"), and other symptoms.

Major heroin withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of heroin and subdue after about one week. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal produced are simular to a bad case of the flu. Some symptoms such as chronic depression, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, periods of agitation and a continued craving for the drug may last for periods of months and even years. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health is occasionally fatal, although heroin withdrawal is considered much less dangerous than alcohol or barbiturate withdrawal.

  • runny nose
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomitting
  • muscle cramps
  • shaking
  • chills or profuse sweating
  • goose flesh skin
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • jitterness

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