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Negative and adverse effects of heroin on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

What are the effects of heroin on the brain? Are they serious? Get a clear picture of how heroin works here. If you like it, we invite you to LIKE, COMMENT, or SHARE with others. Or PRINT IT OUT!

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Adverse effects of heroin on the brain

Blood pressure, arousal and respiration are controlled by the opioid receptors in the brain. So when heroin enters the brain, it affects these unconscious activities. How else does heroin affect the brain? We review here.

Most serious effects of heroin on the brain

  • addiction
  • delirium
  • dysphoria or general dissatisfaction with life

Serious effects of heroin on the brain

  • cravings
  • disorientation
  • emotional instability
  • impaired thinking
  • lying
  • unstable mood

Basic effects of heroin on the brain

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  • drowsiness
  • hyperactivity followed by fatigue
  • not able to concentrate
  • paranoia
  • problems sleeping
  • slurred speech
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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