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Doctor insights on: Heroin And Hallucinations

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Hallucinations (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more


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Can heroin cause hyperglycemia?

Can heroin cause hyperglycemia?

I am not sure: Representatives from the U.S. National institutes of health (nih), the american diabetes association (ada), and the juvenile diabetes research foundation (jdrf) report that they are unaware of any such studies on the topic of illicit drug use and blood glucose control. ...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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What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

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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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse : Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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I tested positive for heroin using a drug swab test. Never even seen heroin let alone use. Any ideas what caused this?

May never find out: From time to time, labs make mistakes. Specimens get switched. Technicians make clerical errors. Poppy seeds may have cross-reacted. Or if it's just a swab and there is no second test, a simple false-positive 'for no reason.' a test result cannot have any medicolegal consequence unless it is confirmed by a second test that uses a different chemical principle. ...Read more

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How much heroin do you need to snort to cause an overdose?

How much heroin do you need to snort to cause an overdose?

Snort heroin: The answer depends on the purity and strenght of heroin. Also this heroin is often intentionally tainted with chemicals to enhance absorption and euphoria. Cocaine is often mixed making this forn of addiction lethal. A first time user has a higher risk if death because brain does not develop tolerance in a rapid fashion causing respiratory depression and no oxygen to brain. ...Read more

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Why does heroin use cause vaginal odor?

Why does heroin use cause vaginal odor?

Odours: It might cause increased body secretions and this probably gives some odour. One other thing to consider is the possibility of an infection causing the odour, especially if there are other symptoms with it. For the above mentioned reason, I would advise you to see your doctor for a check up ...Read more

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Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Potentially: Lymphedema can result from any type of disruption of lymphatic channels: surgery, trauma, and infection are common causes. If the heroin was injected into tissues rather than into the vein, it can incite an inflammatory reaction which alters lymphatic flow. ...Read more

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Does heroin cause low blood sugar diabetics?

Does heroin cause low blood sugar diabetics?

Generally not: But if you do not eat and take medication as prescribed, both high and low sugars are possible. Why not seek help with your heroin drug problem before you destroy your body and your life? ...Read more