e-prevention and risk reduction in festive environments
Know more, risk less
Through injection, heroin leads to a powerful wellbeing rise. Then, the effets can last from 2 to 6 hours, where you get sleepy, i.e : reality fades away and drowsiness set in.
The “tolerance” effect leads to an increase in the doses and the frequency of the intakes. Physical dependency sets in after a few weeks of daily use. Withdrawal symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting or muscular pain as soon as the effect of the product fades away. Withdrawal (“coming off”) requires medical assistance, which doesn’t cancel the long-term side effects (insomnia, anxiety). The risk of overdose due to heroin consumption is a major lethal risk. Overdose occurs when taking an unusual dose (pure heroin or purer than usual) or after withdrawal. The purity of heroin is often uncertain and other accidents are due to the trafficking of tampered products. Shooting increases the risk of HIV and hepatitis contamination (see the chapter about shooting).
Snorting doesn’t protect you from overdose: too strong a dose, mixing with other sedative products like alcohol for example, can cause respiratory depression which can be lethal.