- Heroin is sometimes sniffed, or the fumes from the heated powder is inhaled (this method is sometimes called "chasing the dragon").
- Short-term effects of heroin include: warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, slurred speech, constricted pupils and droopy eyelids, as well as itchy skin.
- Heroin also poses special problems because of the transmission of HIV and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles or other injection equipment.
- The variability in quality of street heroin can range from 0-90%, which greatly increases the risk of accidental overdose and death.
Heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms are some of the nastiest an addict can experience compared to addiction withdrawal from any other drug. The individual who has become physically as well as psychologically dependent on heroin will experience heroin addiction withdrawal with an abrupt discontinuation of use or even a decrease in their daily amount of heroin taken. The onset of heroin addiction withdrawal symptoms begin six to eight hours after the last dose is administrated. Major heroin withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of heroin and subdue after about one week. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal produced are similar to a bad case of the flu.
Symptoms of Heroin withdrawal include but are not limited to:
- dilated pupils
- piloerection (goose bumps
- watery eyes
- runny nose
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps
- stomach cramps
- chills or profuse sweating