Heroin

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Heroin | mode of action
mimics natural opiates > converted to morphine > blocks mu-opioid receptor sites, preventing GABA > dopamine released > euphoria and wellbeing
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Heroin | short term effects
pleasure feelings, reduction of pain, dry mouth, heavy limbs, flushing of skin, sickness, severe itching
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Heroin | long term effects
psychological and physical dependence, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, collapsed veins, breathing problems
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Heroin | tolerance
at some point, no amount of the drug will achieve the resulting high so the individual will continue taking the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms
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Heroin | physical dependence
person will rely on heroin for pleasure and reduction of pain - can quickly become physically dependent on the drug
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Heroin | psychological dependence
heroin takes on a great importance in their life, it is important for their mental state - feeling of pleasure and dulling are often sought out by people who have problems in their lives
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Heroin | withdrawal
tend to start after six hours - agitated and restless, 'itchy blood', short and jerky breathing, cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating and shaking.
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pleasure feelings, reduction of pain, dry mouth, heavy limbs, flushing of skin, sickness, severe itching

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psychological and physical dependence, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, collapsed veins, breathing problems

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at some point, no amount of the drug will achieve the resulting high so the individual will continue taking the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms

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person will rely on heroin for pleasure and reduction of pain - can quickly become physically dependent on the drug

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