Heroin and the various prescription opioids constitute some of the most physically and psychologically addictive substances of abuse. As the Opioid Epidemic shows no sign of fading away, more and more people are losing their lives to overdose. Here we discuss the short-term effects of these drugs.
Intense Euphoria and Sense of Well-being
The principal effect that heroin and opioids give the user is an intense rush of euphoria and sense of well-being. The drugs chemical structure mimics that of our own natural endorphins, and thus hijacks the brains nature reward system. This gives heroin and related opioids their extremely addictive effects.
Heroin and related opioids respiratory depression and a slow heart rate. This causes the user to characteristically “nod out”, which is when they drift in and out of consciousness. It is often a telling sign of opioid or heroin abuse.
Heroin and related opioids cause the body to release histamines into the blood. This, in turn, causes symptoms similar to allergies. The user will begin to itch and scratch, the eyes may water, and sneezing may occur.
Another telltale effect of heroin and related opioids is the pinning of the pupils in the eyes of the user. This is often a good indication, along with the other side effects, that the person may be under the influence of opioids.
Nausea and constipation
Heroin and related opioids have a profound effect on the digestive system of users. First, they can cause nausea and vomiting in many users. Second, they are notoriously strong constipating agent, particularly in high doses.
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