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Heroin Babies Long Term Effects
I am 8 months pregnant but was unaware. And have been using heroin. How long will it take to leave mine and my babies system?
Yes: Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in about 60 to 80 percent of heroin-exposed infants. Its onset is usually within 72 hours of birth, with a high mortality if the syndrome is severe and untreated. Premature infants have been reported to show a less severe abstinence syndrome following opiate exposure. ...Read more
I'm 17 years old and I recently found out that I am a heroin baby. I was wondering what long term symptoms there are?
Do some research: Sadly, there are long term risks for heroin babies but it seems that the problems are worst at the very beginning of life. If you have had a reasonably healthy infancy and childhood you probably escaped the threat. That's great! But you can find and read information or talk with a knowledgeable doctor. Here's a start: http://www. Marchofdimes. Com/pregnancy/illicit-drug-use-during-pregnancy. Aspx. ...Read more
Can be very diverse: The immediate and long term effects of being born premature greatly depends on the level of prematurity as well as every factor associated with pregnancy, birth, and care afterwards. The list of possible effects, complications, outcomes, is much greater than 400 characters. You can research some info from the American Academy of Pediatrics or discuss with your pediatrician and/or neonatologist. ...Read more
My boyfriend says that he has constricted pupils as a permanent side effect of long term heroin use?
Questionable: Pupillary construction or miosis is one of the few effects of opiates (including heroin) that individuals do not develop a tolerance to. In other words, the pinpoint pupils should revert to normal or dilate after once the effect of the drug is gone. ...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
Death: It won't take as long as you think it will, but it will take longer than you want it to. ...Read more
Considering adopting a baby exposed to cocaine, heroin and methadone. What are the worst case scenarios from these exposures, besides withdrawals?
On considering helping this child. Any parenting brings w/it a future of unknowns. The risk of negatives increases w/a history such as the one you mention. This child MAY be at risk for more behavioral and mood problems than children w/out this history. Here is a link
http://www. Cbsnews. Com/news/moms-meth-use-during-pregnancy-causes-kids-behavioral-problems/
Peace and good health. ...Read more
Hours to a day: The high from one dose of heroin may last from hours to about a day, depending on the dose and the tolerance of the person taking the heroin. ...Read more
I don't believe it: Accumulates in the placenta, any differently than any other tissue. Heroin is a very short acting drug, and heroin itself only lasts a few hours. Its metabolites can be found in blood and tissue for perhaps 6-8 hours, and urine tests can remain positive for metabolites for a couple of days. I am not aware that placentas are checked for drugs - usually its meconium in the baby (its first stool). ...Read more
No Time: It is never really safe to take heroin. I am sorry to sound preachy, but them's the facts. A heroin addict needs to get on Suboxone and stay on it. You probably already know that an untreated heroin addict will usually end up in one of three places. Jail-hospital-cemetery. Please seek out help for yourself right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am concerned for u: Because you are more worried about passing a drug test than you are by the fact that you are using heroin. The mortality of heroin addiction is about 8% per year, which is about the mortality of breast cancer. I strongly urge you to get help for your substance abuse, rather than worrying about getting caught (which might be the best thing to happen to you if it facilitates getting help). ...Read more