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What you need to know about Heroin:

Popular Street Names: Tina, dope, dragon, black tar, chiba, smack

Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of certain varieties of poppy plants. Due to the fact that heroin is often administered via a needle, heroin users are at higher risk for the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as other diseases that can be transferred from needle to needle.

Heroin, although usually injected, can also be snorted or smoked. Chronic use of heroin leads to health problems including collapsed veins, heart lining and valve infections, liver disease, tuberculosis and lung infections.

Signs of heroin addiction include:

  • Injection sites and/or infections
  • Scarred and collapsed veins
  • Disorientation, poor mental functioning
  • Constricted pupils
  • Depressed respiration
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Spontaneous miscarriage
  • Little or no motivation
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Missing cash and valuables or borrowing or stealing money
  • Developing an increased tolerance for heroin
  • Continued use of heroin to avoid withdrawal
  • Demonstration of an overall loss of control or obsessive-compulsive drug seeking behavior
  • Continued use of heroin in spit of clearly adverse consequences

Signs of a heroin overdose include:

  • Coma
  • Shallow and labored breathing
  • Respiratory death
  • Convulsions
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Clammy skin

Heroin withdrawal can be quite intense and include symptoms like muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting and cold flashes.

Withdrawal from heroin can occur within a few hours after the last time the drug is taken. Most withdrawal symptoms peak between 24 – 48 hours after the last dose of heroin and subside after about a week.

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