It should come as no surprise to most Canadian’s that heroin use has some vicious, deadly side effects.
Mild Side Effects
Likely effects or drug side effects of heroin include the following:
- droopy eyelids
- itching, vomiting
- slurred speech
- constricted pupils
- respiratory depression
- dilated pupils
Severe Side Effects & Overdose
In the incidence of a drug overdose, medical attention should be sought immediately. Effects of heroin overdose include:
- clammy skin
- slow and shallow breathing
- possible death
Heroin misuse is related with severe health conditions including
- spontaneous abortion
- infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
- collapsed veins
- fatal overdose
Long Term Misuse
- Long-term effects of heroin show after continual use. Constant users
- may build up collapsed veins
- infection of the heart lining and valves
- abscesses (pus-filled pocket inside inflamed, infected tissue)
- cellulites (a bacterial infection of the skin)
- liver disease
Other Complications & Issues
Pulmonary complications, such as different types of pneumonia, may be due to the poor health condition of the user and the heroin’s depressing cause on respiration.
The short-term effects of heroin abuse show up in a moment after a single dose and disappear in a few hours. Following the heroin injection, the abuser reports feeling a surge of euphoria (“rush”) accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, immensity in the extremities, and a dry mouth. Subsequent to this first euphoria, the abuser goes “on the nod,” a condition of alternating drowsiness and wakefulness. Heroin depresses the central nervous system, which exhausts the abuser’s mental performance.
Street heroin may include additives that do not voluntarily melt, clogging the blood vessels that of the kidney, liver, brain, or lungs. This can lead to a disease as well as death of small patches of cells in fundamental organs.