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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.
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
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.
According to the National Counsel Survey for 1994, 2.2 million americans have tried heroin. 191,000 have used heroin in the previous 30 days.



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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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