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Risks of Using Heroin?

Abstract: There are lots of risks with using heroin, and some of them are listed here.

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Risks of Using Heroin?

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, Psychologist in charge, tutor, Emergis center for mental health care, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

What are the risks of using heroin?

Answer:

Besides physical and mental dependence, the use of heroin has the following risks:

  • Overdose, often fatal because of slow respiratory failure. An overdose can be caused by ingesting too much heroin at once, by using the same dose as always but after a clean period, by using heroin that is unusually pure.
  • Inflammation and infections because of careless injection.
  • Failure of discovering diseases, because heroin suppresses pain.
  • Irregular menstrual cycle that can even stay away completely.
  • Withdrawal symptoms with newborn babies due to addiction of the mother.
  • Sometimes lethal effects when heroin is used in combination with other narcotics; the effects can intensify and lead to death.
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