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Heroin Facts
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.
Heroin IV users place themselves at greater risk of contracting the HIV/AIDS virus.
The variability in quality of street heroin can range from 0-90%, which greatly increases the risk of accidental overdose and death.
Heroin in its pure form is a white powder which is easily soluble in water.



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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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