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Effects of Heroin
Heroin users find, it is one of the most addicting drugs available, has several wanted effects of heroin, and unwanted effects of heroin. In this article find out what a user experiences when using heroin, how heroin affects the body, and side effects of heroin.
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Soon after a user injects or inhales heroin, the drug crosses the blood-brain barrier. The brain quickly converts heroin to morphine allowing the opioid to bind to the brain’s pleasure receptors. Heroin users initially receive a “rush”; a surge of pleasurable sensation. Of the various opioids, heroin has the strongest effect on the reward pathway. The “rush” is usually accompanied by:
When the brains natural endorphins give out a surge of pleasure, various cells within the brain monitor the action, and when the need is filled these cells send out a “cut off” signal. However, heroin can disrupt this “cut of switch” in a variety of ways and reinforce the desire to continue the drug. The more frequently this circuit is overloaded by heroin the greater the malfunction of the “switch”. Therefore, the body’s natural pain-pleasure system ceases to function without the use of the opioid.
Heroin affects almost every part of the body:
In addition, heroin users experience an insensitivity to warning pain signals, which can keep a user from treating abscesses and other sores.
Some identifiable side effects of heroin use include:
After using heroin, abusers will usually feel drowsy for several hours. Their mental function is clouded by heroin’s effect on their central nervous system; their breathing can slow sometimes to the point of death.
About half of all heroin users will experience a clinically significant toxic overdose. Most are accidental, especially on the street were the purity of the drug is questionable. When a user overdoses their blood pressure drops; the heart beats to weakly to circulate blood and their lungs labor and fill with fluid.
Some signs of an overdose include:
An overdose can quickly send a user into a coma leading to death if not revived quickly. The estimates are that 3 to 4 thousand people die from heroin overdoses each year.
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