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A central nervous system depressant, heroin is an addictive drug with profound physical and psychological effects. Used intravenously there is risk of infection and disease (hepatitis, AIDS) due to unsterile/shared needle use.

Signs of Intoxication: Euphoria, constricted pupils, ushing of the face, drowsiness, respiratory depression, nausea.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Acute insomnia, u-like symptoms with weakness, chills, sweating and muscle spasms; loss of appetite tremors and panic.



  • Mind & Behavior: Mental clouding. Alters emotions leading to bouts of  anxiety, sadness, depression.
  • Central Nervous System: Depresses activity. Pain sensation consciously perceived but not interpreted as pain.
  • Heart & Blood: Depresses heart activity. Low blood pressure possible cardiac failure.
  • Lung: Depresses breathing, pneumonia, lung abscess.
  • Liver: Enlarged liver, liver dysfunction, high incidence of hepatitis with unsterile or sharp needle use.
  • Kidneys: Toxicity, kidney failure, inhabits urine voiding.
  • Bone & Muscles: Infections including inflammation of the bone marrow, adjacent bone tissue and muscles.
  • Immune System: May depress the body's ability to fight infection.
  • Fetus: Premature or stillbirth, withdrawal symptoms in infants, mental and behavioral abnormality, increased incidence of sudden infant death.

Other Risks: Weight loss, edema (excess watery fluid), loss of consciousness, coma; potentially fatal.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:31

 We have just completed a National Youth Survey.  What we found may surprise you!                

Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:00

  Do We Have a Drug Problem?   Community Perceptions of Substance Misuse in Jamaica

Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:07

Smoke Free Spaces... Healthy PlacesIn commemoration of internationally celebrated World No Tobacco Day, this year, the NCDA will co-ordinate a signature drive campaign encouraging persons to say...

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:52

The Agency found pleasure in celebrating the leaders that inspired, influenced and impacted the area of substance misuse in Jamaica in a profound and lasting manner. The celebration was held on...

Thursday, 07 November 2013 01:59

Friday - November 1  Final Day for Applications for the Youth Lifestyle Leader Award Sunday - November 3 National Church Service St. Ann New Testament

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 Are you ready to ready to send your kids back to school?  In the preparation of bags and books and uniforms, remember to prepare them to resist drug use.  That means you have some...

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:19

The National Council on Drug Abuse and its partners organized a celebration of July 15 as the day ban against smoking in public places came into effect. 

Friday, 28 June 2013 02:57

READ Junior : Making a Difference in the Nations' Children  

Friday, 28 June 2013 02:37

   Jamaica Observes World Drug Day 2013.  International Day on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Thursday, 27 June 2013 17:04

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:47

The Jamaican War Against Drugs.       In our own backyard we have been engaged in our own war to stop the illicit trafficking and drug abuse. Drug production and...

Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:01

June 26 is International Day Aganist Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 03:05

Is the TOBACCO Industry MANIPULATING YOU? Ban Tobacco Advertizing, Promotion and Sponsorship  

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:08

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