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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-04-14 04:30 AM
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PSA: How to reduce your chances of dying from an accidental heroin overdose.
File under things no one tells you, but I heard on TV anyway.


Tip 1. to 3 The obvious is (1) don't use heroin and, if you ever do, (2) get clean and (3) never relapse.

Tip 4. But, if you do relapse, be aware that your body has less tolerance for the drug than it did when you were using before. So, the same dose that you needed before you cleaned up, just to get high, can kill you much more easily.

Tip 5. Stick with Tip 1.


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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-04-14 05:38 AM
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1. Good ideas.
That change in the tolerance level escapes the notice of many until it's too late.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-04-14 05:49 AM
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2. You'd think they'd publicize that long before now.
As you probably have heard, addicts build up an immunity. Over time, they increase their dosage they will not get the "hit" they seek.

Someone thinking about how much they want another hit is not likely to reason out matters of dosage, but to pick up where they left off before they de-toxed. But, the immunity that they had built up is gone. So that old dosage level can easily be fatal.

Now that I finally heard it, it makes perfect sense. It's a duh, even. Yet, before I heard it, I never would have thought about that.

Amazing how people are so judge-y that they would rather let relapsed addict take a significant risk of dying that discuss things like that openly.
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