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Heroin And Hallucinations
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
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
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
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
I swallowed my boyfriends semen last night and he is a heavy heroin user. And I had to take a UA today will that cause my test to come up positive?
It is not likely that swallowing the semen of a heroin user will cause you to have a positive urine test. However, by having a heroin user as a boyfriend you are exposing yourself to many dangers, including HIV. Please reconsider your choice to have relations with a drug abuser.
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No. Heroin will: Show up as an opiate but not necessarily oxycodone. However, many point-of-care drug screening tests include specific screening for oxycodone. Also, if the heroin was cut or contaminated with oxycodone, both can show up on a urine drug screen. If you or a loved one has a heroin habit, there are some fine outpatient treatment centers in the Cinci area. Dr. Anne ...Read more
Can long term cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use cause specific heart damage such as atherosclerosis?
Alcohol is toxic and: Potentially damages everything it touches, including hearts, but also livers, kidneys, bladders, etc. Cocaine amps up everything (its a speed), plus is also toxic, so yes, it can damage tissue, too. Heroin fills up opiate receptors and in effect, turns a lot of functions off. Whenever you have tissue damage, you are likely to get inflammation, which is one cause of arterial plaque. ...Read more
Heroin: Depends on if it's a complication from injection. You should get examined ...Read more
Respiratory suppress: Opiates suppress the part of the brain that manages breathing. ...Read more
Can being addicted to opiates particularly heroin cause hair loss. And will it eventually grow back? .
Chronic Opioids: Whether heroin, Suboxone or morphine-like drugs can all affect your hormonal systems particularly the gonadal systems that include estrogen, progesterone, dhea, pregnenolone as well as your bodies production of cortisol. Hair loss in general is a complex process and regrowth can't always be predicted without more info. You need to see doc to check out all of these systems and get you your answer. ...Read more
Are enlarged liver and cardiac hypertrophy related in any way? What can cause it? My boyfriend, with no prior medical conditions died from this and it does not run in the family. He did have a history of drug use in the past (smoke heroin)
YES: Yes will cause ards.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.
Simple answer.. Nothing good. All bad and no good.
From distorted veins, to loss of family, your own dignity, Jobs and responsibilities, to stealing and robbing on to bigger crimes
Not talking of your own health ramifications
which are too numerous to count. ...Read more
Too many to count: Firstly, there is no pure heroin - it is cut with all kinds of things, many of which can be dangerous. Secondly, it is not sterile, and people who inject it may be injecting bacteria and fungus into their bloodstream, and if they share needles getting hep b/c or hiv. Overdose with death or brain damage, and becoming physically dependent (hooked) with painful withdrawal are the worst things. ...Read more
Several options: Heroin addiction is serious. Inpatient or residential detoxification is indicated. Following detoxification there are several options for continued treatment, including substance abuse counseling, longer term inpatient substance abuse treatment, and outpatient medication assisted treatment with Methadone at an approved clinic or Suboxone through an approved physician's office. ...Read more
Formal program.: Quitting heroin is tough. But using heroin can be fatal. So it's better that you try to quit if you're so motivated. But I wouldn't try it alone. Find a formal program locally to help you. Specialists are available to help you to quit heroin safely and to help you stay off it in the long term. ...Read more
Why?: I am curious why you are asking. If you want to understand the dangers of heroin to help somebody get sober, then I'd suggest read on the issue via medical websites. If exploring using it, please see your doctor and visit about it. There is no crime to talk it over with your physician, even if you are using it. Yes, it is a very dangerous illegal drug which people do die from. ...Read more
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