Syringe used by heroin addict

Syringe used by heroin addict

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Caption: Heroin addiction: syringe used to inject heroin. Heroin (diacetyl morphine) is a white powder. In order to be taken, it is dissolved in water and taken into a syringe. The user will often take some blood into the syringe to help mix the solution before it is injected. Heroin is an opiate analgesic drug which induces stupor and narcotic sleep states. Its danger is that it causes dependence and tolerance. Tolerance leads to ever-increasing doses being taken, often resulting in fatal overdose. 'Kicking' the habit can be very difficult, as severe withdrawal symptoms are frequent.

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Keywords: abuse, addiction, condition, drug, drug addiction, equipment, healthcare, heroin, heroin addiction, lifestyle, medical, needle, recreational drugs, syringe

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