Ask yourself why you put on a jacket when you’re cold. Is it because you know you’re cold? Heroin can delay this message and places the drug user at risk for hypothermia and death from exposure in addition to the actual shutting down of other necessary body functions. Basic mental acuity is slowed down, according to the National Institute of Health. Those under the effects of heroin can make very bad choices.
Long-Term Physical Effects of Heroin Addiction
Individuals who use drugs administered with an IV place themselves at additional risk for long-term health problems, and heroin users are no exception, as NIDA research has determined over the years. Chronic use of heroin can lead to collapsed veins, in addition to the bacterial infections of the heart and blood vessels. Sharing needles can lead to hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Heroin use can manifest health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis as well, due to killing off cells in the body.