Heroin What is it? The Physical Effects of Heroin The Psychological Effects of Heroin Addiction to Heroin Risks What is Heroin? Class A drug, but is available on prescription in the UK. When pure is a white powder. Powerful and Addictive. An addiction could cost up to £100 per day. Can be taken in a number of ways. Can be fatal (see risks) Physical Effects of Heroin Effect on Neurotransmitters- Heroin increases dopamine activity. SHORT TERM EFFECTS Heroin binds with the bodies natural painkillers. It breaks down into Morphine. LONG TERM EFFECTS Leads to fast physical addiction. Brain adapts. Psychological Effects of Heroin SHORT TERM EFFECTS Intense feelings of euphoria and pleasure. LONG TERM EFFECTS Causes life disruption. Addiction Heroin is HIGHLY addictive. Tolerance can build up, requiring users to take more in order to experience the same effects. Drugs have been developed to help Heroin addiction. Risks Deaths from overdoses do occur. Overdoses could lead to a coma. Overdose is more likely if Heroin is taken with another substance, such as alcohol. Risk of death due to inhaling vomit. Injecting Heroin can severely damage your veins. Risks of sharing needles put you in danger if infections. Withdrawal and Tolerance Withdrawal symptoms can occur as quickly as 6-8 hours after the last dose usually lasting about a week. Symptoms depend on the tolerance reached. Relapse is common. Evaluation With all drugs, risk of relapse after withdrawal or physical dependency decreases with age and is triggered by high risk situations, e.g. social pressures modelling of use or conflict, negative emotional state etc.
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