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HEROIN

EFFECTS ON MIND

- Incredibly addictive, both psychologically and physically
- Euphoria
- Inability to focus
- Nausea
- Vomiting

 

EFFECTS ON BODY

- Itching
- Dry mouth
- Slow breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Drowsiness; Drifting between periods of sleeping and wakefulness

 

SYMPTOMS OF WITHDRAWAL

- Nausea
- Abdominal pain
- Sweating
- Shaking
- Nervousness
- Agitation
- Depression
- Muscle spasms
- Fatigue
- Tremors
- Insomnia
- Hypertension
- Depression
- 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.

 

OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

- Shallow breathing
- Confusion
- Lessened alertness
- Loss of consciousness
- Unresponsiveness
- Blue skin due to poor circulation

 

WHAT TO DO FOR SOMEONE OVERDOSING

- Seek medical help immediately

 

LEGALITY

- 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.