Heroin

A central nervous system depressant, heroin is an addictive drug with profound physical and psychological effects. Used intravenously there is risk of infection and disease (hepatitis, AIDS,) due to unsterile/shared needle use.

Signs of Intoxication:

  • Euphoria
  • Constricted pupils
  • Flushing of the face
  • Drowsiness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Nausea

Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Acute insomnia
  • Flu-like symptoms with weakness, chills, sweating and muscle spasms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors and panic

Effects:
Mind & Behaviour: Mental clouding. Alters emotions leading to bouts of anxiety, sadness, depression.
Heart & Blood: Depresses heart activity. Low blood pressure. Possible cardiac failure.
Central Nervous System: Depresses activity. Pain sensation consciously perceived but not interpreted but not as pain.
Lungs: Depresses breathing, pneumonia, lung disease.
Liver: Enlarges liver, liver dysfunction, high incidence of hepatitis with unsterile or shared needle use.
Kidneys: Toxicity, kidney failure, inhibits urine voiding.
Heroin PackBones & Muscles: Infections including inflammation of the bone marrow, adjacent bone tissue and muscle.
Immune System: May depress the body’s ability to fight infection.
Fetus: Premature or stillbirth, withdrawal symptoms in infants, mental and behavioural abnormality, increased incidence of sudden infant death.
Other Risks: Weight loss, Edema(excess watery fluid), loss of consciousness, coma; potentially fatal.