What happens when someone overdoses on heroin?

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Heroin overdose can result in symptoms as mild as dry mouth or as severe as complete respiratory arrest. If left untreated, a heroin overdose can lead to death.

Heroin is an opium derivative that acts as a central nervous system depressant. An overdose causes body systems to slow down, resulting in low blood pressure, slowed heart rate and respiratory distress, which can cause cyanosis. In severe overdose cases, these symptoms can lead to coma, respiratory arrest or death. According to the National Institutes of Health, other symptoms of heroin overdose include delirium, disorientation, constipation, muscle spasms, dry mouth and pinpoint pupils. Those who suspect someone is experiencing an overdose should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

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A dead body looks like a dead body whether from an over dose or a heart attack or a drowning - Little more color from drowning but dead usually never smile up at you. Of course overdosed
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