What causes heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The most common scenarios for a significant heroin overdose are as follows:

  • Use of a higher dose than normal
  • Unintentional injection of highly concentrated solution by an unsuspecting user
  • Use of heroin after a prolonged period of abstinence
  • Intentional (ie, suicidal) overdose (rare)
  • Body packing and body stuffing

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