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Ards From Heroin Overdose
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Two ways at least: I wish i had not seen this so often as a pathologist. Breathing may simply stop as a result of the drug. Or for some reason that we've not been able to figure out, the air spaces of the lungs suddenly fill with fluid. Foam gushes from the mouth and the user dies. I give families the comfort that witnesses to this event say it seems that the person does not suffer -- but who knows for sure? ...Read more
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