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Heroin addiction can have health and legal impacts

You likely did not plan on becoming a drug addict at any point in your life. From a young age, you may have known that certain substances could have detrimental effects on your body and life overall. Of course, you could have found yourself pressured into trying a substance "just once," turning to drugs after a particularly difficult point in your life or becoming hooked after receiving a prescription.

Like many other individuals, you may have thought that simply trying a drug would not have any negative impacts or that you could stop using whenever you wanted. However, substances like heroin can easily lead to an addiction, and you could lose control of your life.

Health impacts

Like most illicit drugs, heroin can cause a myriad of health issues, both physically and mentally. Almost immediately after using the substance, you may notice changes in your heart rate and breathing and, shortly after, your sleeping patterns as well. These alterations occur because of the effects the drug has on your brain and cells, which leads to that euphoric feeling most users crave.

Aside from the immediate effects of the substance, heroin can also cause short-term and long-term health impacts. Some of the short-term outcomes of heroin use include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Going between conscious and semi-conscious states
  • Decreased mental function
  • Intense itching

When it comes to some of the even more severe effects of long-term use, individuals can experience the following:

  • Collapsed veins from drug injection
  • Heart lining and valve infections
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Depression
  • Antisocial tendencies
  • Abscesses

In addition to these effects, you could also suffer an overdose from heroin, which has the ability to prove fatal. Plus, the drug may contain sugar, powdered milk or other similar substances that could easily block blood vessels leading to vital organs.

Legal impacts

Aside from the impacts a heroin addiction could have on your health, it could also land you in serious legal trouble. If police find you in possession of the substance, you could face criminal charges that may come with severe penalties if a conviction takes place.

If you do wind up in this type of situation, your hope has not entirely run out. You still have the ability to create a criminal defense against the allegations, which may help you work toward a more positive outcome.

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