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What are the health consequences of heroin use?

The health consequences of heroin use include:

  • Dry, itchy skin, skin infections and abscesses
  • Constipation and loss of appetite
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Fluctuating blood pressure and slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Dependence, addiction
  • Hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS caused by use of dirty needles
  • Stroke and heart attack caused by blood clots
  • Cardiac arrest, coma and death from accidental overdose

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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