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Doctor insights on: Ards From Heroin Overdose

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Why does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Why does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Possible: Vomiting and aspiration can cause ARDS and is the most frequent cause in heroin od. Sometimes direct toxicity from adulterants in heroin can cause an acute lung injury. ...Read more

Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Ards (Definition)

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a condition where the lungs become damaged and filled with fluid due to the body's immune system response to a ...Read more


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How could a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Leak: Heroin itself, as well as the many substances used to "cut" the heroin (think of it like the drug dealer watering down the drink, only ts the heroin being diluted, usually with talk, but any white powder, even bleach) can all cause direct injury the lung's blood vessel and lining, resulting in leak of plasma and fluid into the lung. This is exactly what ARDS is, pulmonary edema from leaky vessels. ...Read more

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What causes death in a heroin overdose?

What causes death in a heroin overdose?

Two ways: Suppression of the drive to breathe is the more familiar. For reasons we do not understand, pulmonary edema may come on very rapidly and kill the person with a sudden eruption of foam from the mouth and suffocation. Neither is painful, but i hope that neither is something that you want. Good luck, and if you have lost someone, you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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How many teenagers die from a heroin overdose?

How many teenagers die from a heroin overdose?

In US?: Variable by location.I am unable to find anaccurate breakdown available that covers all US deaths from this specific drug. See: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20141002/heroin-overdose-deaths-doubled-in-much-of-us-cdc-study ...Read more

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What happens when a person is having a heroin overdose?

What  happens when a person is having a heroin overdose?

Heroin Overdose: Airways and lungs no breathing!shallow breathing, slow and difficult breathing, eyes, ears, nose, and throatdry mouth, extremely small pupils, sometimes as small as the head of a pin ("pinpoint pupils"), tongue discoloration, heart and blood, low blood pressure, weak pulse, skin, bluish-colored nails and lips, stomach and intestines, constipation, spasms of the stomach and intestinal tract, nervous, coma. ...Read more

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What happens to kill you in a heroin overdose?

Due to Respritory De: Due to respritory depressin and arrest is the cause with heroin overdose but some deaths may be due to overdose or allergy to quinine which may sometimes used as a cutting agent. ...Read more

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What are treatments following a heroin overdose?

What are treatments following a heroin overdose?

There are several: first and foremost, if an individual with overdose is breathing adequately, careful observation in a monitored setting (ICU, ER or telemetry unit) is necessary. If breathing is compromised, a narcotic antagonist such as naloxone or nalmefene can be given, but repeat doses or a continuous infusion may need to be given, since opioids may be longer acting than the antidote (20-30 minutes). ...Read more

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Can a xanax/heroin overdose happen hours after taking it?

Yes: but depends on how you ingested the heroin and xanax (alprazolam). If they were injected, OD occurs within 10-15 minutes, and certainly no more than an hour. But if you took the Xanax (alprazolam) by mouth, and snorted the heroin, the overdose can occur while the Xanax (alprazolam) is being absorbed, which can take several hours to be complete. See a health professional if this is you, or if a friend, get them to an ER& get help. ...Read more

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Is dying from a heroin overdose painful?

Is dying from a heroin overdose painful?

No.: One loses consciousness before death by overdose and heroin relieves pain and brings about euphoria, hence why it's abused despite a real and frequent risk of death. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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