Welcome to the world of pissing your pants and walking up in pools of your own vomit.
Risks of Non-Medical Use:
- For intravenous users of heroin (and any other substance), the use of non-sterile needles and syringes and other related equipment leads to several serious risks:
- the risk of contracting blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis
- the risk of contracting bacterial or fungal endocarditis and possibly venous sclerosis
- abscesses caused by transfer of fungus from the skin of lemons, the acidic juice of which can be added to impure heroin to increase its solubility
- Poisoning from contaminants added to “cut” or dilute heroin
- Chronic constipation
- Addiction and an increasing tolerance.
- Physical dependence can result from prolonged use of all opiate and opioids, resulting in withdrawal symptoms on cessation of use.
- Decreased kidney function. (although it is not currently known if this is due to adulterants used in the cut)
There’s a whole bunch of other reasons I don’t like it either. Mostly because it’s highly ritualized drug use and not casual.