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									             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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