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How does Heroin Addiction Progress?
Long-term heroin use can have severe, permanent, and sometimes fatal impacts on the user’s health. Effects of heroin use over a long period of time can include:
- Lung infections and disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart infections
- Skin infections
- Loss of healthy brain tissue
- Chronic constipation
- Sexual dysfunction
- Collapsed veins
- HIV or hepatitis from intravenous use
In addition to the long-term consequences, heroin-dependent users face a high risk of overdose. Heroin overdoses are often fatal because an excessive dose of the drug can reduce the user’s breathing rate to the point that the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen to survive.
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