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Doctors, what are the negative effects of heroin on your body?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Heroin, if a pure pharmaceutical (as in England) administered with sterile precautions, has same side effects as any other opioid - constipation, respiratory depression if excessive, and producing physical dependency - withdrawal if stopped abruptly. However, non-sterile injected heroin can cause abscesses in skin, brain, lung, bone & heart valves, pulmonary edema and kidney failure, many others.

Answered Nov 5, 2014



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