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Heroin

Get the facts…

  • Heroin enters the brain quickly
  • Slows down the way you think, your reaction time, and memory
  • Affects actions and decisions
  • Injecting greatly increases risk for HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases
  • Is highly addictive because it enters the brain so quickly
  • Effects the part of the brain responsible for producing physical dependence
  • One of the top 2 frequently reported drugs by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths

Before you risk it…

  • Is an illegal Schedule I drug, meaning that it is in the group of the most highly addictive drugs
  • Any method of use (snorting, smoking, swallowing, or injecting) can cause immediate harm and lead to addiction

Signs of heroin use…

  • Euphoria
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired mental functioning
  • Slowed down respiration
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea

Signs of heroin overdose…

  • Shallow breathing
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Clammy skin
  • Convulsions
  • Coma