EFFECTS ON MIND
- Incredibly addictive, both psychologically and physically
- Inability to focus
EFFECTS ON BODY
- Dry mouth
- Slow breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Drowsiness; Drifting between periods of sleeping and wakefulness
SYMPTOMS OF WITHDRAWAL
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle Spasms
- Difficulty feeling pleasure
- Cravings for drugs
- Withdrawal can begin as early as a few hours after the user’s last dose, and may persist for days, weeks, or longer.
- Shallow breathing
- Lessened alertness
- Loss of consciousness
- Blue skin due to poor circulation
WHAT TO DO FOR SOMEONE OVERDOSING
- Seek medical help immediately
- Heroin is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
- Possession, sale and trafficking of heroin in Illinois is a felony punishable by a minimum of 1-3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.