Conceptual image of a drug user injecting heroin

Conceptual image of a drug user injecting heroin

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Caption: POSED BY MODEL. Heroin user. Conceptual image of a drug user injecting heroin (diacetyl morphine). The black tourniquet tied around his arm makes the veins in the limb easier to find as they fill with low-pressure blood which is unable to return to the heart. Heroin is a white powder that is prepared for injection by mixing it with water and heating it in a spoon so that it dissolves. Heroin induces stupor & a psychological "high". Long-term use causes dependence & tolerance, leading to ever-increasing doses being taken. Overdoses of the drug can be fatal. Addicts who stop using the drug suffer from withdrawal symptoms, including muscle spasms, cramps & psychological problems.

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Keywords: abuse, addiction, condition, diacetyl morphine, dissolving drug, drug, drug addiction, eqi, healthcare, heroin, heroin user, lifestyle, medical, needle, recreational drugs, syringe, user

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