Signs of heroin use should be
taken very seriously as heroin symptoms can be lethal

The information you need to DO YOUR PART

in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse.

Individuals who abuse opioids or heroin may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms.

However, not all abusers will react to the drug in the same way. While signs and symptoms of abuse may vary from person to person, most people exhibit certain symptoms and behavior indicative of an abuse problem.


Noticeable signs of heroin USE during drug intake include:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Shallow breathing
  • Hyperactivity followed by fatigue
  • Dropping in and out of wakefulness
  • Vomiting
  • Flushing of skin
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Restlessness (during withdrawal)


Heroin use generally involves a major life shift away from family, friends and work and towards heroin use behaviors. Those around the user may not want to acknowledge use of heroin symptoms, but it's critical to deal with heroin use as soon as it's seen and to encourage the heroin user to get help.


Symptoms and behavior indicative of heroin ABUSE:

  • Distancing from family and friends
  • Disorientation
  • Irresponsibility at work or school
  • Lying
  • Increased sleeping
  • Decreased personal care, such as not showering or changing clothes
  • Track marks on arms or legs
  • Weight loss
  • Constant runny nose
  • Scabs or bruises due to picking at the skin

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