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The Facts on the Effects of......

Marijuana

Ecstasy

Methamphetamines

Heroin

Speed

Hallucinogens
the FACTS on the EFFECTS of HEROIN

Heroin is an illegal opiate and like all opiates, it is a Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant

(Or sedative).

Normal functioning of the CNS is essential for a whole range of automatic bodily functions (such as maintaining your heart beat and breathing rate and to help you think clearly & make rational decisions).

The effects of heroin are felt throughout the whole body - SLOWING DOWN YOUR PHYSICAL, MENTAL & EMOTIONAL RESPONSES.

 

HOW DOES HEROIN AFFECT YOU PHYSICALLY?

It slows down your heart beat & breathing rate.

The depth of your breathing becomes shallower.

It slows down the movement in the Gastro-intestinal tract causing:

Nausea & vomiting

Constipation

Dry, sticky mouth

Heroin decreases muscle tone & strength resulting in:

Slurred speech 

Sluggish movements

Delayed reactions & response, a heavy sensation in arms & legs

Lack of energy & coordination

 

HOW DOES HEROIN AFFECT YOU EMOTIONALLY & MENTALLY?

Heroin causes confusion & clouds your thought processes

You make irrational decisions

It alters your perception of reality

Emotional growth becomes arrested

It suppresses emotions      

Heroin causes depression and lack of motivation

It gives you a false sense of detachment from reality & the pain it may cause

You have a false sense of ‘normality’

HEROIN CAN ALSO CAUSE TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE TO THE AREAS OF THE BRAIN INVOLVING:

Learning & short term memory

Emotional growth & maturity

Decision making & problem solving

Speech

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU USE HEROIN FREQUENTLY/REGULARLY?

You develop a greater tolerance to all opiates

You become physically & mentally dependent on heroin (or addicted)

Chemical imbalances in the brain affect your moods & emotions

A depletion in the production of brain endorphin levels makes you depressed

Your body stops producing its own naturally occurring endorphins

 

HEROIN AND PREGNANCY

 If you use heroin or other opiates whilst you are pregnant, the drug will be carried directly from your blood stream into your baby’s blood stream!

IF YOU USE HEROIN WHILST PREGNANT - YOU MAY LOSE YOUR BABY BY MISCARRIAGE!

OR YOUR BABY COULD BE BORN WITH:

 Birth defects

Brain damage

An addiction to heroin

ONCE YOUR BABY IS BORN HE or SHE WILL GO THROUGH THE SAME PAINFUL SYMPTOMS AS A “COLD TURKEY” HEROIN DETOX!

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEROIN WITHDRAWAL?

 

Stomach, leg & arm cramps

Muscle & bone pain

Insomnia, nightmares & disturbed sleeping patterns

Muscular tremors & spasms

Excessive sweating, goose bumps, hot flushes & chills

Nausea, vomiting & diarrhoea

Restlessness, agitation & anxiety

Runny nose & watering eyes

Severe lethargy & excessive yawning

Hyper-sensitive skin

Severe hunger / loss of appetite

 

Quotes from Heroin Addicts:

“Once you have tried Heroin, the cravings for more can be so intense you feel out of control!”

“It’s like having 100% tunnel vision. You simply must fulfill the urge and feed the cravings…”

“It’s like being a puppet on strings! The drug makes you do things you never thought you’d do… like stealing from the people you love and selling everything you own!”

“It’s like being completely possessed by an evil spirit! It turns you into a selfish, horrible monster!”

“It becomes the be all and end all of your life. Nothing else matters but getting that shot of heroin”.

 

"Once you’re addicted to heroin, there are only three possible ways your life can go:

  • YOU SEEK TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION,

  • YOU END UP IN JAIL,

  • OR YOU END UP DEAD!”

 

 

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Shay Louise House

PO Box 759

Elizabeth SA 5112

Ph: 08 8255 5555

Fax: 08 8255 2768

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