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Sudden Death

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Sudden Death 1:
Introduction

Sudden death--often erroneously called overdose--is an unpleasant aspect of the life of any heroin user, regardless of whether he injects or not. In this article, I will discuss the various kinds of sudden death associated with heroin use, and give information on how to avoid sudden death and what to do when sudden death strikes someone around you. But remember, regardless of the precautions you take and how knowledgeable and skillful you are, heroin can kill anyone who uses it. Let's start by focusing on this point.

Heroin Can Kill A User

There are many things that you can do to reduce your risk of sudden death when using heroin. But only one thing is perfectly effective at preventing sudden death: don't use heroin. Most people have a kind of irrational fear of heroin as if it can jump out of the medicine cabinet and force you to ingest it. The truth is that heroin is a completely passive agent; it cannot hurt you if you do not take it. But if you do take it, regardless of how carefully, you risk sudden death. Even if you have an anesthesiologist administering pharmaceutical heroin to you in the most modern hospital in the world, you can die from heroin use. Never forget this:

Using Heroin Can Kill You.

A lot of recreational activities can kill you, and it is not our intention to over-state the dangers of heroin use. But just the same, after a person has used heroin a few times, he often becomes very casual about his usage. After all, he is ingesting a very small amount of a food product. Under most circumstances, its use is safe and it is easy to forget that things can go wrong. If you want to be safe, don't use heroin.

by Dr. H © 2001
Last Modified: 10 January 2004

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