Adverse effects of heroin (INFOGRAPHIC)

Heroin can seriously affect your general health, behavior and relationships. Find out more about the adverse effects of heroin in this infographic here. Then, support us by SHARING or PRINTING out the poster for use in your school or medical practice.

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Adverse effects of heroin

Heroin can cause damage to internal organs and the brain, not to mention its negative affects to home or work life. We explore the negative effects of heroin use here, and invite your feedback at the end.

Adverse effects on behavior

Adverse effects of heroin (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • difficulty with responsibility
  • drastic violent episodes
  • hyperactivity followed by fatigue
  • shift in core values

Adverse effects on body response

  • analgesia and pain modulation
  • drowsiness
  • enlarged pupils
  • mental clouding
  • nausea
  • respiratory depression
  • runny nose
  • sedation

Adverse effects on general health

  • lowered immune response
  • malnutrition
  • pneumonia and respiratory difficulties
  • risk of infectious disease

Adverse effects on brain

  • damage to brain stem or cerebral cortex
  • delayed verbal memory
  • delusions or hallucinations
  • slurred and hard to understand speech

Adverse effects on psychology

  • dysphoria or general dissatisfaction
  • high risk of addiction
  • ruins self-esteem
  • suicidal ideation

Adverse effects on relationships

  • abandonment
  • break ups
  • estrangement
  • lack of trust

Adverse effects on fetal development

  • brain damage
  • decreased immunity and chronic sickness
  • miscarriage
  • neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • premature labor or birth
  • stillbirth
  • sudden death
  • unexplained seizures
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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