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On 26 August 2016, Health Canada issued regulations amending prior regulations it had issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; the "New Classes of Practitioners Regulations", the "Narcotic Control Regulations", and the "Food and Drug Regulations", to allow doctors to prescribe diamorphine to people who have a severe opioid addiction who have not responded to other treatments. [47] [48] The prescription heroin can be accessed by doctors through Health Canada's Special Access Programme (SAP) for "emergency access to drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional treatments have failed, are unsuitable, or are unavailable." [47] Routes of administration Recreational uses:

Taking more heroin than your body can handle can put you at risk of a potentially fatal overdose. This amount of heroin can depend on factors like your metabolism and the type of heroin you use.a b "Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2011–2016" (PDF). CDC. 12 December 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 December 2018 . Retrieved 21 December 2018. Heroin is used in lots of ways. Injection is one of the most common methods, but you have to dissolve the product before drawing it up into a syringe. Depending on the type of heroin, you may need to heat it to dissolve it. https://harmreduction.org/issues/overdose-prevention/overview/overdose-basics/opioid-od-risks-prevention/ This suggests that prescription opioid misuse is just one factor leading to heroin use. Read more about this intertwined problem in our Prescription Opioids and Heroin Research Report. Short-Term Effects

In 1994, Switzerland began a trial diamorphine maintenance program for users that had failed multiple withdrawal programs. The aim of this program was to maintain the health of the user by avoiding medical problems stemming from the illicit use of diamorphine. The first trial in 1994 involved 340 users, although enrollment was later expanded to 1000, based on the apparent success of the program. The trials proved diamorphine maintenance to be superior to other forms of treatment in improving the social and health situation for this group of patients. [33] It has also been shown to save money, despite high treatment expenses, as it significantly reduces costs incurred by trials, incarceration, health interventions and delinquency. [36] Patients appear twice daily at a treatment center, where they inject their dose of diamorphine under the supervision of medical staff. They are required to contribute about 450 Swiss francs per month to the treatment costs. [37] A national referendum in November 2008 showed 68% of voters supported the plan, [38] introducing diamorphine prescription into federal law. The previous trials were based on time-limited executive ordinances. The success of the Swiss trials led German, Dutch, [39] and Canadian [40] cities to try out their own diamorphine prescription programs. [41] Some Australian cities (such as Sydney) have instituted legal diamorphine supervised injecting centers, in line with other wider harm minimization programs. Qiu Y, Jiang G, Su H, et al. Progressive white matter microstructure damage in male chronic heroin dependent individuals: a DTI and TBSS study. PloS One. 2013;8(5):e63212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063212.

How is heroin addiction treated?

Injection, also known as "slamming", "banging", "shooting up", "digging" or "mainlining", is a popular method which carries relatively greater risks than other methods of administration. Heroin base (commonly found in Europe), when prepared for injection, will only dissolve in water when mixed with an acid (most commonly citric acid powder or lemon juice) and heated. Heroin in the east-coast United States is most commonly found in the hydrochloride salt form, requiring just water (and no heat) to dissolve. [ citation needed] Users tend to initially inject in the easily accessible arm veins, but as these veins collapse over time, users resort to more dangerous areas of the body, such as the femoral vein in the groin. Some medical professionals have expressed concern over this route of administration, as they suspect that it can lead to deep vein thrombosis. [54]

Wright CR (12 August 2003). "On the action of organic acids and their anhydrides on the natural alkaloids". Archived from the original on 6 June 2004. Note: this is an annotated excerpt of Wright CR (1874). "On the action of organic acids and their anhydrides on the natural alkaloids". Journal of the Chemical Society. 27: 1031–1043. doi: 10.1039/js8742701031. If you have been taking heroin regularly you may have built up some tolerance. However, if you then stop taking heroin for just for a few days, your tolerance will rapidly drop and you risk an overdose if you simply take the same dose you previously took.

How do people use heroin?

Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (2021). A Century of International Drug Control. United Nations Publications. 2010. p.49. ISBN 9789211482454. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Use of heroin by mouth is less common than other methods of administration, mainly because there is little to no "rush", and the effects are less potent. [52] Heroin is entirely converted to morphine by means of first-pass metabolism, resulting in deacetylation when ingested. Heroin's oral bioavailability is both dose-dependent (as is morphine's) and significantly higher than oral use of morphine itself, reaching up to 64.2% for high doses and 45.6% for low doses; opiate-naive users showed far less absorption of the drug at low doses, having bioavailabilities of only up to 22.9%. The maximum plasma concentration of morphine following oral administration of heroin was around twice as much as that of oral morphine. [53] Injection Oregon becomes first US state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs". The Guardian. 4 November 2020. Riviello RJ (2010). Manual of forensic emergency medicine: a guide for clinicians. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. p.41. ISBN 978-0-7637-4462-5. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017 . Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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